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.

James Worsham | Producer/Mixing Engineer | Singer-Songwriter

I think the thing I’ve tried to do as a parent more than anything is to bring my kids along with me any chance I get, allowing them to see me chasing my dreams and working hard at something I love to do. Parenting is challenging in so many ways, especially as a creative, but some of the most rewarding moments of my life have been when my kids get to see me doing something I love, and getting to invite them to be a part of it all. If we want kids to believe in themselves and to dream big, then I think it’s incredibly important for them to actually see that in their parents. Read more>>

Sarah Ward | Author + Mother + NICU Advocate

The most important thing I have done as a parent is being present and listening. I may not have the best parenting techniques or allow my children to have everything they ask for, but I can say without a doubt that I will always show up and be in their corner. When my 3 were born they all went into the neonatal intensive care unit. Some days we were not allowed to hold them, but we sat with them, read to them, and prayed for them throughout their entire journey home. Read more>>

Tanesha Robbins | Freight Broker, Accountant, CFE, Grant Writer, Professional Trainer & Consultant (Serial Entrepreneur)

As a parent, I’ve reflected on the experiences I had growing up and consider how to ensure that the decisions and practices I show my children are influenced by my childhood. The foundation that was laid out to me, the beliefs, the values, the attitude, and the parenting practices were all factors for me as a parent to know what to do and not to do when raising my children. Read more>>

Nakita Chanthavong | Event Stylist & UX Designer

I believe the most important thing I’ve done as a parent is something I’m still learning about and doing myself to this day. I never knew what I wanted to be as a kid. I was always told to go to college, get a good-paying job and that’s it, but I had a feeling that wasn’t for me. If my kids ever feel the same way, I want them to know that life isn’t always linear, but that doesn’t mean you’re on the wrong path. Read more>>

SHA MULA | Mother, Life Coach & Financial Educator

I’m a mother of 5. The Fav5 as the world know them. The have been my greatest inspiration. My biggest motivators. The worst critics lol but yet my number one fans. They’ve helped aspire me to be GREAT. One of the most important things I’ve done to impact their lives was by just by simply being a Mother. They see me work hard to keep my businesses elevating, my image together, my energy vibrant despite the bad days, my hair done and lashes on never looking exhausted or wore out, the smile I keep on my face no matter the circumstances, the food that’s prepared for them through the tears of frustration. Read more>>