We asked some fantastic parents from in and around the city to tell us about the most important thing they have done as parents.

Julia Fenner | Professional Photographer & Mom

I am a working mom of two children, a 3-month-old boy and a 3 1/2 year old girl. Being their mom is the hardest and most amazing thing I have ever done. With their early ages, I can confidently say that the most impactful thing my husband and I are doing for them is working on keeping our marriage healthy. Read more>> 

Shannon Jennings | Professional Bridal Hair and Makeup Artist

I have four children: Anderson (24), Avery (22), Ellie (16), and Samuel (9). Some say I’m lucky to have so many children and some gasp when I tell them the numbers. I consider myself incredibly blessed and humbled to have the privilege to raise them. Read more>>

Ashley White | Hairstylist & Health Coach

My children are all adults now. But, the biggest impact besides unconditional love that I had on my children. Would be my relentless work ethic. There were times over the years as a single mother that money was tight. I always found a way to give them what they needed. Read more>>

Zipporah Cooper | Writer and social media influencer & charity foundation owner

My Impact for my daughter is her seeing me write movie scripts.I wrote a heartfelt hero story for script called Rumble La and my 4 year old daughter Helena always ask me when is it coming out and I tell her the movie making process and she still ask about Rumble La Read more>>

Renesha Giles Jackson | CEO of R.J’s Soulfood&More & CEO of ImaBo$$ Luxe Boutique

As a parent the most important thing I have done to impact my children is allowing them to see that if you believe it you can achieve it. I share a lot with my three children ages 12, 14, 18. They know how hard I work to make sure they are well taken card of. Read more>>

J.J. Shegog | Author and Advocate for Healing

Great question, and I think it is a question all parents have to reevaluate daily. I made the decision, to have my child; therefore, I was obligated to try and give him the best life I could. Read more>>

Tiffany Upshaw | Certified Aroma Therapist, Detox and Wax Specialist

When I come to terms with the impact on my children’s life, I believe I have blossom them to have old school values. I have taught them what it means to be truly genuine, loyal, hardworking, and respectful. Read more>>

Maryam Jernigan-Noesi | Psychologist, Educator, Researcher, Consultant

As a parent, I am intentional about the ways that I engage with my son and how I “pour” into his sense of self. As a psychologist, I understand how essential our sense of self is to our overall development, health, and wellbeing. Read more>>

Chanerya Rowland | Minister & PublishedAuthor

The most important thing I’ve done as a parent, I feel like is me allowing my children to speak up and out about the things that they feel. When I was growing up, I wasn’t allowed to speak up about how I felt or how someone made me feel because i would be looked at as if I was “talking back” or “being grown” Read more>>

Tarsha Wynn-Scott | Funeral Director/Embalmer, Nurse Educator & Community Activist

My husband and I are the owner/operators of Brighton Christian Memorial Funeral Home in Bessemer, Alabama. Being a licensed funeral director and embalmer for the last eighteen years, Read more>>

DAnthony “ Dutch Ink’d” Meade | Tattoo Artist, Entrepreneur, Business Owner

I feel like the most important thing I’ve done is be honest about this Beautiful Shitty world we live in. When she was able to comprehend I poured in to her life from a Free Minded point of view. I showed her what persistence and commitment to yourself and your dream can look like. Read more>>