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.
Addie Spahr Kim | Certified Holistic Health Coach for Moms and Women Over 40
As a mom of two very active, daredevil little boys I’m constantly trying to find that balance between supporting my kids’ aspirations and teaching them to be safe. As a mom and holistic health coach my #1 goal is that my kids learn to trust their intuition and tune into their bodies. I put a lot of emphasis on fueling our bodies with plant-based foods as much as we can so that we maintain strong, healthy immune systems and can also stress-less when we veer away from the whole food nutrition (which, trust me, happens plenty). I take a similar approach with my kids as I do with my clients — focus on putting as much good in your body as you can so that it can function at its best and process out the bad stuff that we all have to filter through – even just from the air we breathe, water we drink, and chemicals we come into contact with daily. Helping my kids learn good nutrition habits without being super restrictive has been one of my greatest challenges but also successes! Unfortunately, with each new generation there are more and more health risks at stake. Read more>>
Marsha Gardner | Owner /baker design artist
Learning about Jehovah and not to give up. Read more>>
Mel Lim | Investor, Advisor, Technology Storyteller, Award-Winning Designer, Published Author & Speaker.
In my household, creativity and owning the choices we make are the rules and tools for daily living. I grew up poor in Malaysia. To escape, I created art with whatever was at hand, which taught me resourcefulness and became my key to cultivating abundance in later life. I wanted my children to explore their own dreams, aspirations, and inner strength through art. Every morning when they wake up, they draw their dreams and blow me away with the stories and fantastical characters they create. We also use art and journaling to help them express their feelings if they are having difficulty communicating. I am also teaching my boys ownership of their thoughts, words, feelings, and actions. Ownership of our personal decisions helps keep us responsible for what unfolds in our life. I let them choose what they want to wear, read, do and spend their money on, with the caveat they own and live with the choices they make, good or bad. These lessons in accountability make them more thoughtful and discerning in their decision-making. Hopefully, they will empower them to become responsible adults who can thrive even when life throws them unexpected turns. Read more>>