Parenting is an incredibly important responsibility and so we wanted to get a conversation going with input from parents in the community.  We asked them: what is the most important thing you’ve done as a parent?  We’ve highlighted some of the responses below.

Corinne Mitchell | Mixed Media Artist

Growing up, I struggled with self confidence. As an extremely sensitive child, and now a sensitive adult, when I was younger I was ashamed of my deeply sensitive personality. Finding myself through creative expression as an adult through music and now through visual art, helped me grow emotionally stronger. As a parent, I have made sure that my children see and know how hard I work at learning about visual art, and how much effort I put into my passions. They have both seen me apply to art shows and be rejected and have seen me succeed with a solo art show at a gallery. I am teaching them that life will have highs and lows, but if you have a passion about something keep going and work towards your goals. Never fear your God given talent. Read more>>

Todd Johnson | Partner Charivari Worldwide Brand

The most important thing I’ve done as a parent is lead by example that how you live, how you treat people, how you conduct your business and how hard you engage in anything you do reflects on your reputation, your name and yourself which is your brand forever. Read more>>

Brenda Nicole Moorer | American Actor, Singer, Songwriter, and Nonprofit Arts Leader

I have two pre-teen daughters and a baby boy on the way! I became a mother at age 21 and I’ve essentially grown up with my kids. But, also I had to grow up a lot faster than my friends who didn’t have children so young. I had to learn a lot of lessons on my own, and being a single mom just made it so much more challenging to continue pursuing my artistic dreams. It takes an incredible amount of courage and faith to pursue your dreams. We all have obstacles to face, and the biggest lesson I’ve learned is that ‘you have the power to manifest anything you desire, if your heart is good.’ I tell my children all the time, if you don’t remember anything else I tell you, please remember that your words and thoughts have power; that you have the power to manifest and transform; and that is great responsibility. I hope they retain that lesson most of all because no matter what they do in life, that knowledge will help them. Read more>>

Dennis Morton | Atlanta Photographer & Former Military “Retired”

The most important thing I have done as a parent is simply being there for my child. Rather it be long talks at night about life, Listening to her as far as boys or “relationships”, or even having the heart to heart talks about sexual activities. Always have an open mind and let your children know that they can always come to you regardless of what the conversation may pertain. That will always build a solid foundation between you and your child. Read more>>