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.

Sean Reusch | trombonist, educator, creator of www.trombone101.com

I feel so fortunate to be a parent to 2 amazing kids. My wife and I encourage our children to be kind, to appreciate all they have, to do their best, to be critical thinkers, to be thoughtful, to find their passion, to love learning and to focus on the process of learning, and to be creative. We also share with our kids that one’s attitude is a filter for life, it’s very important to focus on one’s body, mind and spirit every day, and to always stay connected with nature. I believe all of these things have had a tremendous positive impact on our children. Read more>>

Julie Phillips | Mother, actor, writer, producer, pilates instructor

As a mom of two teenagers (19 and 17), I think the most important thing that I have done was pivoting at the young age of 51 and pursuing my passion (acting and writing). Teaching my kids to pursue what they are passionate about, no matter what age they are, or how much experience they’ve had, is what helps me going on the dark days. I was an actress as a child and teen (I had my SAG card but I was in no way a “working actor”), and then tried again, with minimal success in my early 20s. I quit cold turkey for 26 years. But I always missed it. Read more>>

Kang Hui | Visualization Artist

As a father, I have learned a lot. I try my best to show a positive attitude in front of my kids to do what I like. I hope to be brave enough to do what I love and what I want positively. I am lucky person who I have a work that I want to do. This makes me full of motivation every day, and more courage and confidence to face all difficulties. I really hope my kid can see how happy I am doing the work I love every day, and can also feel my positive mentality to solve problems. Maybe all this is incomprehensible to a baby who is still learning to speak. But in the future, when he asks me why I am so happy every day, I can tell him because I am doing what I like every day. Read more>>

Keli Nicole Price | Award Winning Songwriter, Music Industry Educator and Coach

I was a single parent of two, a boy and girl. One of the most important things I was sure to do was allow my children to teach me who they are and support them in that. It’s been difficult because as authority figures we try to have a plan of action as far as how we want to parent and where we’d like for our children to be placed in the world, whether religiously, careerwise and even where gender is concerned. But I found out very quickly that rarely works out. Read more>>

Genghe | CEO + Owner- Operator, GENGHE

Bringing my child earth side in and of itself was impactful! I believe that I was supposed to have my son and I believe that he is destined for greatness! I had a home birth and I was adamant about breastfeeding my baby. And fortunately, those life changing events were a success. As I continue to raise my son I will lead him in a positive direction to make a mark in this world and impact other people as well. Read more>>

Jahirah Poole- Capron | Serial Entrepreneur & Author

The most important thing I’ve done as a parent that is currently making a in impact on my children is building my relationship back with God. I have always been a believer in Christ but my faith wavered a lot due to past experiences. Building my relationship back with God has allowed me to retire from my corporate job and gain the wisdom of God to become a successful serial entrepreneur. I learned that my first ministry is my home. Read more>>

Ruby Sheng Nichols | Akashic Records Reader, Founder of The Shift, and Cofounder of The Almanaq

The most important thing I’ve done as a parent is follow my dreams, hands-down. Our entire family was really struggling after my first son’s birth. Both my husband and I were battling our own depression and intense anxiety, while learning how to care for a highly sensitive/high needs baby who was diagnosed with high order Autism around age 3. Read more>>