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.

Rachael Davila | Virtual Assistant

My children are the main reason I became a Virtual Assistant. Creating a business where I could work from home and be there to support them was the most important thing I’ve done as a parent. Being my own boss gave me the flexibility to be a strong presence in their early years, at school and around their friend groups. I believe we created a bond that exists still. My son is almost 21 and my daughter is 17. We have a great relationship and I owe it to the time I put in when they were young. Read more>>

Dr. Greg Reid | Award wining Author, Speaker and Film Maker

Stopped paying my son for doing chores. Example: Making Bed, Trash Duty, Pulling Weeds Started paying my son for doing what he thrives at. Example: Making Social media memes and Videos, Setting up apps on my phone. Reason: Why train your child that the only way to make money is doing something they dislike? Teaching him that he can make revenue doing what he’s good and most talented at. Now he still does the other items, only we call them (Contribution) to the family. His income however is dirrived from working his strengths. Read more>>

Paula Sturm | Registered Dietitian, Functional Medical Nutritionist, Health Coach, Clinical Hypnotist and NLP Practitioner

I have a 9 year old son and I believe the most important thing I have done to impact him is allowing him to feel safe and confident in his expression. Allowing him to be curious without judgement and explore his interests freely has developed his confidence and ability to trust his instincts. He’s also more apt to confide in me and have open conversations because he feels he can trust me. I have also fostered an environment where it’s advised to try new things but perfection is never the goal, it’s more about exploration and learning. Read more>>

Devika Blasi | Event Planner and Owner, Sundaze Originals

As a parent you have to decide early on what kind of influence you want to have on your child. For me it was for my son to value experiences over material things. I have tried to instill a love of travel and I already see it in his soul. It is important not only to be thankful for what we have, but to appreciate the cultures and people around the world and the true magic that travelling can bring into your life. We are not just American, we are Human. Confucius said ” We have two lives and the second begins when we realize we only have one.”. I want my son to live a great story. Read more>>

Nancy Flint | Confectioner and Baker

As a parent, one of the most important things I have done that have impacted my daughters is to show them strength and perseverance. When my girls were little I was extremely sick with Stage IV blood cancer. During those years of chemo, my girls saw my fighting spirit and my faith push me to a miraculous survival. When I recovered they asked me to home school them so we could be together all the time, what a gift that was! It was through their encouragement that led me to enter a food contest with my signature Sea Salt Caramels and I won! Read more>>

Karen Petersen | Entrepreneur

I have 2 college age boys and when I started my business they were in preschool. In fact, I met my business partner because her children were at the same preschool. Early on we realized that our business Skoy Enterprises( a small Eco friendly company that sells household sinkware items) would have a huge impact on our children for different reasons. The first reason was watching our children start thinking about the earth in a different way. They started noticing that we no longer used as much paper towel and that we made different choices with how we purchased household items. Read more>>

Amber Ellis | CPhT

I’m a mom before anything else. My daughter Aamiyah is seven years old and last year in December of 2019 she watched me graduate from Pharmacy Tech school. I feel that is one of the most important things I’ve shown her as her mother and will impact her life in a major way. I’ve shown her that education is key and that you can be whatever you want to be in life. Speak your goals into existence and work hard to conquer them all. I have set the example for her on what success should look like. I’ll be there to guide her through life’s obstacles and she will always have my full support on whatever path she chooses. Read more>>

Aubrey Frost | Hairapist

I love parenting questions! I feel like nobody has the right answer, but communication is key. We need to talk about it and not treat parenting like a dirty secret! I talk with my kids. And I talk with their friends. I treat parenting just like marriage. Speak Talk Communicate. Read more>>

Judy Balsavich | Soap Artisan

By far, the most impactful decision I have ever made is the decision I made, 13 years ago, to put down the bottle and get sober. Before my drinking became a problem, I was that baseball, soccer, and rollerblading mom ,who successfully juggled a full time job, family and home life. When my marriage took a turn for the worse, resulting in a divorce, I turned to something that could numb me and shut the world out! For the next 5 years, it was an absolute nightmare-not only for me but for my sons as well! I decided to ask for help and have not had a drink since! Read more>>

Monica Kelly | Homeschool Consultant

As a parent, I strive to be a positive role model and guide for my children. One of the most important thing that my husband I have done to impact our children was to have made the decision to homeschool them. We are both educators by profession. Teaching online allowed me to have the flexibility to be home. My husband’s job as a math resource coach in the public school system also allowed for some flexibility. Experiential learning was our focus. Read more>>

Cara H. Cadwallader | Therapeutic Dance Teacher

When I became an older, first-time mother, I knew that – in order to thrive – I had to continually be creating a sense of community around myself and my family. The most important thing I have done as a parent is to continually expose my young child to a vibrant array of aunties and uncles who represent a diversity of color and belief systems. For example, our Cardiff home was a regular meeting place for playgroups of Mothers with their toddlers. This group organically evolved into a cooperative with a backyard preschool for babies up to 4 years old. Read more>>

Carolyn Shadle | Communication Trainer and Writer

The Parent Effective Training course by Dr. Thomas Gordon that I took when my first-born was young gave me skills and confidence in communicating with my two daughters – and everyone with whom I came in contact. It also was the inspiration for a life-long career commitment to writing about and training others in communication skills. I think I avoided a lot of child-rearing battles and eventually saw both of my daughters mature to be productive members of society. Two stories illustrated to me that the girls had learned communication skills from me. Read more>>