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.

MaryMar Keenan | Artist, Owner and Designer at MMclay

I have 2 kids. My daughter is 10 and my son is twelve. I’ve been making pottery for over 20 years and they have grown up in my clay studio. MMclay is my third business in clay and my kids were 2 and 4 when I started developing MMclay. As an artist, it’s extremely important to me that my kids find ways to express their own creativity. As a business owner, I want them to know that being creative and successful, takes hard work but that believing in what you do and doing it well is essential. My kids see how hard I work, but they know how important my work is to me and they know how important my team is to me. Beyond teaching them the importance of handmade, I hope that I am teaching them the importance of ingenuity, creativity, resilience, determination, kindness and of course design. Admittedly, I would love for them to work along side me one day, but of course I want them to pursue their own dreams. I can’t wait to see what they do. Read more>>

H A N A K O | Makeup artist

To tell you the truth, as a parent and even as a person, I am still learning and growing every day, and because my son is only 14 years old who is just getting into adolescent years, I can’t tell you that just yet! However, what I know is, though, that I have always tried my best to show him to be kind to everyone, humble, selfless, honest and always try and give his best. So far he’s been all that and I am so proud of him. When my son was in first grade, there was a torn book in the classroom and the teacher was very angry at all the students and asked to raise a hand who did it. Read more>>

Tyshia Ingram | Writer. Advocate. Founder of Liberated Young.

I think the most important thing I’ve done as a parent is simply give my children the space to be. I used to have such a strict and singular view of how parenting and childhood “should” be–coming from my own upbringing–that didn’t leave much room for anything outside of what was deemed by others as “right”. Through my own healing, I’ve come to a beautiful understanding that my children are truly their own individual, unique, beings with their own thoughts and feelings. And I’ve come to know that those things are valid and they should have the space to express and define themselves as well. Read more>>