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.

Kai Shanti | Spiritual Mentor & Friend

When I think about my children, I think about all of the wonderful things we’ve done to raise them to this point in their beautiful lives at the ages 9 and 14. I could probably write a book on this subject and cover all areas of our parenting style, as I am quite passionate about allowing them to be free and giving them everything they need to find their true inner beings. Because all aspects of parenting them have felt equally important to me, I decided to ask them what they feel has been most important in the way I’ve cared for them. Read more>>

Una Sekona | Makeup Artist

As a Parent, the most important thing I have done to impact my daughter was following my dreams and pursuing a career I love doing makeup. Being able to show her that no matter your circumstances, you can always at anytime in your life follow your dreams and change the narrative of your current situation. I hope that me changing my life around has impacted her in a way that if she needs to one day, she will not be afraid to take risk and follow her own dreams. When I first became a mother, I was young. I would hear people say your life is going to be over, or that it would be way more harder in life for me. That stuck with me for a long time and my only desire at the time was to be a good mother! As I grew, and got older I realized that my life wasn’t over! In fact it had just begun! All the things I dreamt of being, I could still be! Having my daughter motivated me! She was just what I needed in my life. Read more>>

Camila Williams | Lifestyle Blogger & Content Creator

The most important thing I’ve done as a parent is prioritize what is and isn’t important. As a wife, mother, and friend, sometimes it is hard to meet everyone’s exceptions. As women, we are taught “we can do it all” however it’s necessary to know when to say no and take a break. I’ve learned that It’s important to say yes to opportunities that can bring me joy. Every day is a new adventure with kids; being able to be present physically and mentally is the best way I can assure that my kids are getting the best of me. Read more>>

Joshua Leonard | Character Designer & Traditional Animator

I am the father of a 16 year old daughter, who was born during the devastation of Hurricane Katrina. As a homeless Katrina victim, I endured some major setbacks, but my daughter was there to see how I stayed on my purpose, seeing the struggles, grind, determination, and tenacity. Now a professional Character Designer in the animation industry, my daughter was able to witness the seed I planted, all the way to the tree that has grown into my career. Read more>>