Our community is comprised of entrepreneurs and artists and creatives – folks who have chosen incredibly difficult professional paths that often don’t offer any safety nets or guarantees. Nonetheless, we regularly hear that being a parent is a far greater challenge and so we asked some of these folks to open up to us about the things they’ve done as parents that they feel will have a meaningful and positive impact on their child.

Gina Janc | Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist & Reiki Practitioner

Becoming a mother has been and continues to be my greatest gift. It’s not for the faint of heart, it takes courage, dedication, self forgiveness and a whole village of support! No doubt motherhood has brought me to my knees where I met my most tender, vulnerable places which ultimately brought me closer to myself and my family. There is no ultimate goal of becoming the “perfect parent”, rather I see it as a process of spiritual and emotional growth. As the needs of my daughter have evolved so has my parenting style. Read more>>

Misty Limburg | Freelance HMUA, Model & Actress

I’ve encouraged and supported my children in finding their own voice. My childhood was ol’ school. My mother was raised in an era where children were to be seen and not heard. She herself was raised under a very unhealthy, abusive and cruel roof. Many kids were in her time. Having a free-spirited natured daughter, full of opinions was not the easiest nor her favorite characteristic of mine. I never had a voice. The value was put in my compliance to her rules and there was no discussion after that. Read more>>

Theresa Flynn Gray | Financial Coach & Author

I decided early on in my parenting career that my number one goal would be to make sure my kids knew that they were always loved. I wanted them to never doubt that they would be loved when they were in time out; that they were loved when they were expressing their anger at me; and that even when their dad and I were arguing, that they were loved. I made sure to tell them that they were loved in each situation – not constantly throughout the day so it got old to hear, but not just in the happy Instagram-worthy moments when they were clean and well behaved. Read more>>

Kay-Dee Lane | Photographer & Lifestyle Blogger

My daughter is only a toddler but I can already see how much of an impact my actions as a parent have on her. I’d have to say the most important thing I’ve done this far as a parent is taking the time to truly understand my daughter and tailor my parenting style to her versus non specific parenting styles I’ve read in books or articles. Because I’ve taken this approach I’ve been able to appreciate her weaknesses as much as her strengths and I am able to encourage her to use her weaknesses as strengths even at her young age. Read more>>

Tiffany Reid | Artist

There have been a few things that I really think have impacted my daughter’s life: being a confident female role model, having big dreams, and encouraging her creative spirit. Firstly, I think it is so important that young girls get an extra dose of encouragement. We are our own worst enemy sometimes and I really feel it is my job to ignore those negative feelings and focus on our positives. As a result, I never criticize myself or my art. I may say something like, “this could use some improvement” or “maybe I should have tried something different here” but it is useless to focus on the negative and only breeds self hate. And this applies to everything! Read more>>

Marvee Santos | Photographer

This is a tough question, as I think being a parent involves a lot important things you must but I think the most important thing I’ve done was become self-less. Read more>>