We asked some of the best parents we know to tell us about the most important thing they’ve done as parents and have shared their wisdom below.

Rev. Darci Jaret | Trans Baptist Pastor and Case Worker for an Agency Serving Transitionally Housed, Mentally Ill People

We are parents and our son is 7 years old. Prioritizing his education outside of a traditional school setting has been most important for us in this last season of parenting and pandemic. I returned to a more traditional work life, so that my wife who was a teacher in Dekalb County for 10 years didn’t have to return to the classroom and instead is starting a nonprofit focused on interest-based and nature-based learning. Read more>>

Sparker | Artist

It’s really important to me that my kids grow up watching their mom pursuing passions with reckless an unquenchable thirst. I wake up each morning excited about what the day will bring in the studio. I hope they get to live the same way one day–looking forward to showing up regardless of what it is they set out to do. I hope my girls see it is possible to find a work-life balance even as a single parent, and maybe they will find that inspiring. Read more>>

KaLen “Apollomusiq” Maton | Recording artist & Entertainer

As a parent the most important thing I’ve done to make a impact on my daughter life is to work on myself. I have a lot of unsettled emotions within myself from my childhood. In 2019, things I’ve been through with my parents or just life in general took a toll on me mentally and emotionally to point of alcohol abuse and suicidal behavior. In the black community we tend to push aside our trauma and run away from things like mental health because the weight of all that baggage can be a bit much to deal with head on. Read more>>