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.

Shenikwa Anderson | Entrepreneur

The most important thing I’ve done as a single mom was go back to school. I’ve shown my daughter the importance of hard work and getting things done. I work full time, style hair, and attend college. I’m currently pursuing my bachelors degree and have been on the President’s list each term. She tells me how this has inspired her to go harder in school. She says that if I can do it so can she. Distance learning hasn’t been easy for children so I’m glad that I made a positive impact on her during these crazy times. Read more>>

Bianca Thomason | Photographer, Caregiver, & Mother

The most important thing I feel I have done as a parent and the impact that has on my children is to raise them up with all that I do in love. I smother them with affection. Why? In a world for especially boys, society says that boys/men can’t be vulnerable. I believe the opposite to be true. Above all, I love them. I raise two boys, an 8 and 5 year old. My 5 year old is a child with special needs and this has impacted my entire identity as a Mother. Read more>>

Leah Brodt | Birth and Postpartum Doula

For the past 15 years, I have had the honor and privilege to hold space for women. Teaching them how to heal and learn to trust their bodies through movement, yoga, and meditation. I have a unique situation as the outdoors is my “office”. In 2008, I realized that getting my clients outside to breathe and move was an essential part of my services. This freedom of space and location gave me the opportunity to bring my daughter to most, if not all my sessions. She has grown up seeing watching women of all sizes, pregnant, postpartum and overcoming many physical limitations like my two hip replacements. I can’t think of a better way to raise my daughter but to have her be a part of what I do. I love being a stay at home mama and getting to introduce her to her village. Read more>>