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.

Jared Reeder | Chief Creative Director

As a business owner and parent, the most important thing I’ve done is made sure my children were aware of why, how and what I do on a daily basis. I have a daughter and son who are 9 and 6 and they are both well aware of what it takes to be a business owner. I will bring them in on certain projects to assist me in choosing design colors and fonts. This allows them to be apart of the process, but also understand that certain decisions are based on principles and rules. On vacations, I will often joke about the hours and decisions made during those projects, lead to these vacations. My daughter recently put together a creative pitch deck to sell my wife and I on a birthday trip for her and her brother. We were blown away by the well-developed thought process and overall design. Needless to say, the pitch deck worked and we booked the trip. So again, I was raised with the idea that you must see it, to achieve it. And as a parent I have made sure my children have not only seen it, but experienced it. Read more>>

Tara Ghei | Founder and CEO, Romp + Tumble

I think it’s difficult to choose a specific event or important decision that I have made as a parent that has impacted my kids. Being a parent is very much about consistently modeling certain behaviors or attributes that we want our children to appreciate and model back. At its core, I want to raise resilient children that are kind to others and are comfortable in their own skin. This is even more important with the backdrop of 2020 events. I am a big believer that both resiliency and self confidence come from stretching the boundaries of comfort and curiosity and trying new things. Whether in my professional life or personal life, I have aimed to stretch outside of my area of comfort – both for myself but also because I want my kids to see what happens when we aim high. Sometimes we achieve our goals and sometimes we don’t. Failing gracefully is also a really powerful message. When our children see how we deal with setbacks it helps them form their own reactions, subconsciously. Read more>>

Street Light Boutique | Multi-media Artists and Entrepreneurs

The most important thing that we have done as parents, in terms of the impact we have on our children, is to show them that they can craft and create the life that they want based on the values that are important to them. We currently homeschool our children to allow us the flexibility to travel as a family, and to maintain fluid schedules that can meet the needs of our family as a whole. As a result of taking on the responsibility of homeschooling our children, we have been able to craft their education to include many components of the arts and adjust their schedule to fit our work demands. In addition, we have been able to travel the world for months at a time; something that a traditional schedule would not allow for. They now know that they can choose to create their own framework for how they live their lives; whether they be artist or entrepreneurs, raising a family while choosing a non traditional path is a viable option. Read more>>

Allana Southerland | Musician and Music Teacher (Saxophone, Clarinet, Piano, Flute)

As a mom of an 11-year-old daughter and a 7-year-old son, I believe being an entrepreneur is the most important thing I have done for my children, I am a female saxophonist running a private music studio, band, and DJ service. e have had the privilege to perform around the USA and soon the world! Although they have no clue about all the struggles related to successfully running and maintaining a business, they see me enjoying my work, making my own schedule, setting and reaching short term and long term goals, and being passionate about the career path that I chose. Often times, we work in an industry just for the monetary gain and go home empty, unfulfilled, and unhappy. We must, especially in these uncertain times, take control of our future, our situation, and our life. I only pray that I have shown them to be resilient, determined, and powerful in any career path that they choose. I teach them to do the work well and do it with passion. Read more>>

Jeancarlo Gomez | Photographer | Videographer | Life Coach

I am a parent of three wonderful children all 5 years apart the oldest being 13 years of age. As a parent I believe one of the most important things you can teach your children about life is how to eliminate all procrastination. This is important to me because growing up in a single parent home with four other siblings, hardly seeing mother I develop a habitat of saying I was going to do something and ended up quitting. I didn’t have a parent to keep pushing me or holding me accountable because mother was always working two jobs in order to provide for us. For the last 10 years I was in the multi-family industry as a business manager. I recently resigned from that position during the pandemic to follow my dreams of owning my own successful business that could provide shelter, food, and education for my family. I founded Uno Atlanta in 2015 but procrastinated in putting the company out there because of fear of criticism from others. Read more>>