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.

Michele Neff Hernandez | CEO Soaring Spirits International

One life skill that I’ve worked to develop in my three kids is the ability to own their mistakes. This is one of those skills that is most effectively taught through example–which has meant that I’ve needed to be able to tell my kids when I am wrong, In my early parenthood I thought I needed to have all the answers to every question and that I must be the authority in every circumstance. What a collection of life experiences has taught me is that the need to be infallible is harmful to my relationship with my kids. By owning my mistakes, admitting when I am wrong and being willing to apologize for any harm I cause (intentional or unintentional), I confirm that being wrong sometimes is a part of life. We have the opportunity to learn so much from our mistakes, but only when we claim them. I am proud of the honest, loving relationship I’ve built with my now adult children, and I count learning to demonstrate that being wrong is not only okay, but normal, as a pivotal part of creating the bond we now enjoy. Read more>>

Natalia K Pierce | Runway Model

I have been overly honest about everything with my child. I found that the generation I grew up in was actually very sheltered and shielded from so much information. I feel that we were given the fuzzy end of the lollipop in life. We missed out on many teaching tools our parents considered to be “advanced” for our age. I make it a number one priority to always explain situations going on in the world from every point of view and get them in step with rationalising, understanding and evolution. For example: I teach that bullying isn’t always because someone chooses to be mean. I don’t allow my child to put blame on another for being rude. I first sit them down and help them understand things that upset them could also upset another kid which in turn can cause them to lash out. Just because my child understands how to handle information or change in their life does not mean every other child understands how to handle it. I then teach them that they should maybe reach out to that bully and maybe try to become friends with them. Read more>>

Lexis Sharde | Comedian & Content Creator

One of the things that I loved and still love about my parents is their goofiness and never being afraid to be silly. I honestly think having that to look up to and enjoy as a child led me to the path of comedy. I have passed that down to my daughter as well. It is so empowering to be taught as a child to express yourself and to not hinder your creativity. I could see my daughter being an amazing theatrical performer, so I always make sure I don’t hinder her dramatics or antics just because I might be having a bad day for the intention of making sure she flourishes and never loses that child-like attitude towards life. Read more>>

Megan Granger | Travel Planner

I think the most important thing that I’ve done as a parent, that will have a lasting impact on my children, is the gift of being present. Let me first discuss my career and then I will discuss how this ties into being present for my children. I started my career of being a Travel Planner for two reasons. The first reason being to help spread my love for travel and to ensure others get to experience life beyond where they currently live. The second reason is that not only do I get to have a career that I am passionate about and enjoy but I also get to make my own hours such that I can be present to my children on a daily basis. I am here every morning to feed them breakfast, I’m available for every soccer game and gymnastics practice, etc. I think my children will grow up knowing how much I love and care for them because I was always here when they needed me most. Read more>>