Parenting is an incredibly important responsibility and so we wanted to get a conversation going with input from parents in the community. We asked them: what is the most important thing you’ve done as a parent? We’ve highlighted some of the responses below.

Paige Galvan | Dance Center Owner

We really try to keep moving forward and making changes in all areas of our life. Facing change bravely and keeping a “growth mindset” is very important for us to teach our children. This will help them adapt and grow. Read more>>

Shaleena Tareen | Early Childhood Education Director & Author

Being an educator in the field of Early Childhood Education , I have always had an abundance of parenting advice to impart, strategies to implement and knowledge to apply. Even though I was seen as an expert in my field, I have had my share of successes and failures through the parenting journey. What helped me have a tremendous impact on my children was adopting and helping my children develop a growth mindset. Research shows that the language that parents use and the actions taken by them has a lot to do with setting meaningful expectations. Giving process praise, making and accepting mistakes as learning opportunities, talking about how our brains grow as we learn and understanding how emotions play a role in learning have had a significant impact on me raising successful and resilient children. Read more>>

Edna Ephraim | Events Production Specialist

I’m a proud mother of four amazing children. Do you have a mother and also a Entrepreneurship you have to learn to balance both. As a black strong woman, I’m teaching my girls that they could do anything and everything they put their mind to no matter what society says.. Also raising my son, I want them to see what a strong, hard-working and dedicated woman looks like.. It is not easy raising children and also trying to install humble and respectful integrity in this new generation. Children don’t really do as you say, they follow example and pay attention to what they see.. so I always reflect on myself and my character try to show them a good example. I might not always get it right at times.. but at the end of the day my children always tell me how much they love and appreciate me and value what I do for them. Read more>>

Conor Logan | Doctor of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine

The most important thing I’ve done to impact my children positively started with self-improvement… and this came from the realization that my children truly are mirrors of my wife’s and my behavior. They see how my wife and I are, for better or worse, and show us how we are doing as people by mimicking that behavior. So… noticing what you do poorly is relatively easy. Trim away bad habits, apply a little discipline. Some are easier than others (biting my nails has been impossible to stop.) Then, you need to realize that pushing too hard on what you want to support has the opposite affect. I was so excited that my daughter liked skateboarding, like I do, that within months she was ‘skateboarded out’ and lost interest. What’s the best way I’ve found… simply find what you love, commit to it, and let your family see you enjoying and loving that activity. For me it’s playing music, meditating, and being active. Read more>>