Our community is made up of brilliant artists, creatives and entrepreneurs, but many of them are also dedicated parents and so we asked them an in port at question: If you are a parent, what do you think is the most important thing you’ve done as a parent in terms of the impact on your children?

Jackie Leonard | Writer, Community Leader, Mom Advocate

Hands down, the most important thing I’ve done that has and will have a profound impact on my children has been prioritizing my mental health. Before becoming a mother, I really stuffed a lot down and thought exercise and yoga was enough. Becoming a parent magnifies everything, at least it did for me, in a way that made it hard to ignore the things that needed attending. Going to therapy, learning how to set boundaries with others and also with myself, understanding more clearly how my mental state can impact my children early on really has been life-changing. Its helped me see what I need in my life to be most grounded and present for them, and myself too. It’s improved my partnership with my husband/their father so that we are a much more united team that we were before. It’s shifted the way I look at seeking the support I need with my children and also for myself. It’s taken a lot of the shame out of being a mother. I could go on and on. Read more>>

Veronica Zuniga | License Massage Therapist

As a single mother of 4 , I have shown my children to never give up , no matter how hard life can get. For example ; I was able to finish high school 3 month before my class, I was a mother to one daughter at the time. I then went on to study Massage Therapy, I feel in love with it, right after graduation, I right away was hired at Massage Envy. I worked there several years, by then I had all 4 children, my relationship fell apart , but I didn’t give up, I showed them I can continue to be strong and I decided to open up my own massage business called Bodiful Kneads. I have been successfully open on my own, it’s been 5 years. My children can see that there will always be obstacles in the way but you continue to push through and success will be at the end waiting for you, and even if you fail, at least you tried. Read more>>

Alexis Dunnigan | Hair Stylist & Makeup Artist

To me, as a parent, it is so essential to continue to grow as an individual first. It’s like the analogy of the your oxygen mask in an airplane. If you don’t put your mask on first and breathe oxygen, then you won’t be there to take care of your children. It’s very counterintuitive as a parent sometimes because we want to take care of our babies above all else. However I have come to realize by practicing self care everyday is essential for maintaining a healthy balance. By taking care of oneself first, I believe we are then able to give freely, love openly, and be a more fulfilled and generous person. Another important thing that I practice regularly is showing my children that I am not perfect. Telling them sorry when I make a mistake, and explaining to them that parents makes mistakes too. Giving us both permission to be ourselves, and learn from them.. Growth is the long term goal for our family, not perfection. Read more>>