We asked some fantastic parents from in and around the city to tell us about the most important thing they have done as parents.

Dr. Gerhard van Wyk: Marketing Professional

To be self sufficient, adaptable and to create your own opportunities. Read more>>

Eriqa Gatlin: Mother , Party stylist and creative

As a mom of a four year old boy , I would like to think pursuing my dreams and starting my business. is the most important thing I have done as a parent. Showing my child that sticking to something and making the leap to try, even when you have no clue how to start ,will make him fearless in pursuing his dreams and to always get up and try ! In doing this I hope to bring generational wealth and knowledge for him to grow and pass on to his children as well. Read more>>

Nick Foy: Lead singer of How Mean

I hope I’ve shown my daughter that when you grow up, you really can be anything you want. A lot of parents say that to their kids, but few of them actually believe it, because most of them gave up on being what they wanted a long time ago, or perhaps never tried at all. I’ve tried to a fault, and for longer than anyone probably should. Read more>>

Robert Manning, Jr.: Creative Artist and Activist

Giving my kids the opportunity to have a variety of opportunities and then getting out of their way. Read more>>

Elizabeth Graf: Small Business Owner, MadAndie

Quitting my corporate job was the biggest impact I have had on my children to date. I finally had my dream job in international sales and was getting paid to see the world. I loved my job but was traveling extensively and could not imagine leaving my kids for extended periods of time. I knew plenty of women in similar positions who were awesome at their jobs and at parenting but I knew that was not the right choice for me. Read more>>

Katrina Brook Flores: Co-Founder GIT Productions, 2020 & 2021 Dark Matter Residency Artist & Storyteller

I think the most important thing I’ve done as a parent impacting my child is placing health and wellness and the center of our lives. As a first time parent giving birth during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, my partner and I centered health and wellness. Physically health is so important to a full and happy life. However, mental health is so often overlooked as a key component to the equation. Read more>>

Jodie Goss: Chronic Illness Recovery Coach

My main mission is to bring up my two daughters in an open-minded, confident way; I am constantly talking to them about how resilient, strong and ‘magical’ their body’s are in the hope they grow up respecting, honoring and feeling empowered when it comes to their health and well-being. Read more>>