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.

LaQuesia Love: Mental Health Provider – Counselor

The most important thing I’ve intentionally done as a parent is be present. Not just physically present but emotionally present as well. I’ve made it a priority to give them not only my time but my attention. I am invested in the things that matter to them. Read more>>

Marlene Dunlevy: Souvenir Designer & Founder of Opal Atlas

I started Opal Atlas because of my daughter Beatrix. When she was six months old, I realized that I needed to follow my dreams in order to be a role model for her. In the past, I would often talk myself out of things and I do not want to pass this trait on to my daughter. The crazy thing is that I think having a baby and how much that limited my free time gave me the structure I needed to get my business off the ground. There is no time to dawdle – just do!. Read more>>

Sandra Baker: Special Needs Advocate and Nonprofit Director

The most important thing I have done as a parent of a typical daughter and a son with special needs was to set healthy work-life boundaries to spend quality time with my children. Having a son with special needs, Down syndrome and Autism, has helped me connect with many wonderful people with big hearts. At the same time, I have also encountered many injustices that others in the community have faced. This is why I started advocating for my son early on and learning everything that I could about disabilities and services. I developed a passion for advocacy and began advocating for other parents who could not secure services for their kids because they either did not know their rights or did not speak the language. Read more>>

Desiree Mcphail: Future Esthetician & Lash Artist

As a mom of two beautiful children, I believe that going back to school and opening my business has taught them my determination in pursuing your dreams at any age. Showing them that if there is a will there is a way. I pray I have set a great example of an entrepreneur. Read more>>

Kymberly Stewart: Children’s Singer/Songwriter & Musician

Being open and honest about what I believe. Admitting my faults. Pursuing my goals every day, doing what I love and teaching my kids to pursue the things that make them happy. I teach my kids that it is their right to live their lives as they choose to. Read more>>

Stacey Hines: Author & Wellness Coach

Choosing to thrive beyond cancer, divorce and depression with them by my side. While it was not an easy process, my 3 children were a significant part of my “why” for survival. It was important for me to see something/someone to live for when I didn’t have much joy in my life. They have been a part of the struggle and the striving beyond the struggle. Through this they have learned about resilience and self-reliance, unconditional love and the importance of self-care. They have also learned about our ability as human beings to create the life we want once we are intentional about our way of thinking and being in this world. Read more>>

Amber Mabry: Mompreneur + Graphic Designer + Visionary

As a mompreneur, I believe it is my role to influence my children and prepare them for life on their own. One of the most important things I’ve done for my children (and will continue to do) .that I believe will make the most impact is giving them space to explore life on their own terms… while planting seeds of creativity, inspiration and discipline. I’ve been blessed to have the opportunity to grow up and become creative. I graduated college in 2009 and later began my own design business providing consulting and design support to small businesses, nonprofit organizations and entrepreneurs. Creativity + Discovery is the air I breathe. Read more>>