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.

Theresa Paganini | Behavior Change Specialist and Weight Management Coach

I have one fur-baby, four step-children and hundreds of adult “children” (aka my clients) that I have positively impacted by encouraging the same philosophy: enjoy everything life has to offer, including failure. I believe the purpose of life is to learn who we are really meant to be and find joy in creating our most fulfilled life. You cannot do that without curiosity, experimentation, success, failure, connection, and a willingness to learn. But it is our job as parents to make our children feel safe to do that. Read more>>

Amber Eilers | Boutique Hotelier & Developer

Our girls have been consistently involved in our projects with us since day 1. We have pictures of me wearing a baby carrier as we worked on designs at a job. They tag along with us to projects, come on Home Depot runs, and can probably tell you where specific flooring is in the tile shop. I hope this has shown them that they can do lots of different things while raising a family when they get older. They have learned to be hard workers, and have learned the ins and outs of multiple industries. Read more>>

Monique Wenhold | Tarot Reader & Reiki Practitioner

The most important thing I have done for my daughter, is showing her that it is okay to be yourself and live your dreams (with some hard work in there too). There will always be people who doubt you, but as long as you believe in yourself, that is all that matters. If you have a calling to something, its for a reason. I also love that I am showing her, that you can make money doing what you love, and you dont have to go get a “good job”, you can be the one creating the “good job” for other people. Read more>>

Dr. Marcy Buehler | Health Psychologist & Author

For me, it’s trusting myself- whether through an intuitive thought or research-driven data. As a single mother parenting while I reparent, I think the most important thing I can do to improve the life of my child is continue the process of healing from my own trauma cycles and breaking free of societal norms. In my professional career as a Psychologist, having worked with children for the last twelve years, I recognize the enormous shifts that need to be made as individuals and as a culture. Social-emotional wellness is foundational to our livelihood, success, and happiness. Read more>>

Olga Ochoa | Tattoo Artist & Entrepreneur

So this and the question about taking risks resonated with me pretty hard. They both kinda tie in together with my answer. I’m a single mother of two incredible children and I feel that the most important thing I’ve done in terms of the impact on my kids is taking the right risks when needed. The love of my life tragically passed away 4 days after confirming our second pregnancy and 2 months after signing a lease for our business so its my absolute responsibility and privilege to provide the lives that these kids deserve and to lead by example. Read more>>