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.

Janice Overbeck | Founder & CEO JO Gives, Inc.

Showing my children the world through education at home (through TV, youtube, documentaries, reading, etc…) and travels abroad has really opened my eyes and allowed me to see things from different perspectives, and also has allowed my children to do the same at a young age. One of my favorite quotes is “The world doesn’t have to line up to your limited understanding and perception of it…allow conflicts to exist.” This is because when we are not open minded and refuse to see things from others perspectives, we are doing ourselves a disservice to live life to the fullest and love and appreciate the world that we live in. Traveling doesn’t have to be crazy expensive. The flights are by far the most expensive part and albeit they are pricey, accommodations and meals can be done very cheaply to stretch your money, when done the right way. I truly feel the best gift I have been able to provide my children is extensive world travel at a young age.  Read more>>

Abriel Farrow | Founder of Women In Transition Inc. & LMFT

I have a two year old daughter and the most important thing that I actively engage in that has an impact on her is creating space for toddler autonomy. As a parent it is my goal to do away with the “It’s my way or the highway” mentality. For instance, although I consider myself to be a perfectionist, I allow my daughter to choose her clothing and shoes even though some of the combinations that she decides makes me question whether or not we should go out in public😂. In this, it is my hope that my daughter will continue to gain autonomy, self-confidence, decision making skills, and self-validation. Read more>>

Patricia Mahone | Personal and Business Consultant

The most important thing I’ve done as a parent is that I’ve taught my children the responsibility of the blessing. I’ve taught them to always be grateful for what we have and remember to help others in need. My children have hearts to serve others. Read more>>