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.

Ashley Collins | Balloon artist

As a parent to a 3 year old daughter the most important thing I’ve done as a parent in terms of the impact on my child is starting my own business. When I had my daughter I knew that I wanted to create something that she would be proud of and to one day pass on to her. She loves watching me prepare for parties. She even knows how to use my balloon machine. One time I had to bring her to a party with me and the excitement on her face to be able to come to work with mommy was priceless! Read more>>

Katie Restrepo | Family Travel Blogger

The most important thing I’ve ever done as a parent that’s had the best impact on my children is traveling with them. You can see the excitement on their faces, watch them learn and grow, set up a foundation for cultural awareness and respect for the natural world. It’s truly an amazing and humbling experience. We hike an average of once a week, and go camping about once a month. It’s easy to add in monthly adventures especially if you add in visiting zoos, museums, theme parks, and local events. Read more>>

Jeffy Botson | Owner of The Gutted Cigar – Event Management

I’m relatively new to fatherhood, so I can’t speak on the longterm effect my efforts have had on my son just yet… but I can tell you about the “father” I do not want to be and how i hope to provide better for my baby boy. I wasn’t fortunate enough to have a father who was available growing up. On the contrary, I had a dad who was hardly ever home & when he was, he was intoxicated, violent & unpredictable. I can count on one hand how many times I’ve heard the words “I love you” come out of his mouth & recall memories as young as elementary school that scarred me for life. Read more>>