Our community is made up of brilliant artists, creatives and entrepreneurs, but many of them are also dedicated parents and so we asked them an in port at question: If you are a parent, what do you think is the most important thing you’ve done as a parent in terms of the impact on your children?

B. Elaine Dorsey | Christian Apparel Designer & Story Content Creator

One of the most important things I’ve done as a parent in terms of an impact is literally finishing what I start. In life it’s easy to give up when things get tough or if the plan doesn’t line up the way we hope. I must remember that my children are not only watching but learning from me. They must understand the value in counting up the cost, committing to what they start and consistently finishing strong! Read more>>

Kelvena Benson | CEO of KB Management Brand Operations | Corporate Administrator | Published Author | Public Speaker

The most important thing I’ve done as a parent in terms of the impact on my children is showing them the importance of following their dreams. When I was growing up, I had a pretty traditional childhood where the plan was to go to school, get good grades, go to college, and get a good job. This wasn’t at all the wrong way, it just wasn’t a way that worked for me when I became a parent. My Dad used to support my creativity by providing me the tools and resources to help me thrive and I think he knew early on I was different. Read more>>

Bre Maxwell | Community Advocate and Relations Professional | Political Strategist

As a parent, one of the most important things I have done to impact my son, is making sure we have an open line of communication. I think so often, in the black community, we don’t allow our children to express how they feel and what’s troubling them. We see it as an immediate sign of disrespect. My relationship with my son is very open and honest. I also expose him to what fosters his interests and talents. My son is a big gamer, so I have made sure to expose him to coding and gaming classes and camps. Read more>>