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.

Korina Opgenorth | Life Style & Wedding Photographer

As a parent, I love my children and sacrifice many things for them. I think one of the most impactful things I have done for them is show them how to take care of each other as well as teaching them the importance of emotional awareness and healthy living. Recently when my personal life became overwhelming, I took up running as an outlet and worked towards long distance races. My kids could be part of my training workouts, and I made and still make it a family outing – them on their bikes, and me pushing the jogging stroller. I think this has created a healthy view of activity and goal setting. Emotionally, we acknowledge emotions and discuss healthy ways we can express them. I think that having those two practical practices in life will impact my kids in a positive way for a lifetime. Read more>>

Molly McGrath | ??? not sure what this means

The best decisions I ever made as a parent was hiring a life coach for my teenage children beginning when they were in middle school. We have to remember we are raising adults. My children; freshman in college and sophomore in high school, have had a coach since they were in middle school. I don’t know how they would have navigated the global pandemic without the tools they were armed with to deal with massive change, uncertainty and unpredictability. Investing in a coach for tweens through college years is no longer considered a luxury, it’s a necessity. As a parent, it is more crucial than the extracurricular activities previously intended for “Keeping the kids out of trouble and centered.” 2020 has shed the flood light on the need for our children to have the life skills for flexibility, self-governing resourcefulness, confidence building, focus management and navigating unpredictability. Read more>>

Teresa Ortiz | Mother & Realtor

“Instead of trying to give your kids everything you didn’t have, focus on teaching them everything you didn’t know.”-unknown I love this question so much and it instantly made me think of a quote that I read not too long ago that really struck me and made me pause… Once I became a mother at 17 years old, I inherently, and now realize even subconsciously, abandoned my dreams and greatest desires for my life as a way of manifesting and confessing my love and commitment to my new role as a mother. Obviously I didn’t want to neglect my dreams but I thought that’s just what parents were supposed to do. It wasn’t until about a year ago I had this breakthrough in life and in my relationship with my daughter that it finally dawned on me that I was a prisoner of my own personal beliefs and self inflicted limitations. No matter what I did, I felt that in order for anything I had ever done in my life make sense, it meant that I had to always sacrifice a part of me for her, my daughter. Read more>>

Jana L Bussanich | Watercolor Artist, Author & Art Instructor

Knowing who I am and what it means – what I am made for – and modeling that strong identity empowers our children (and others) to do the same. I am the mother of four now-grown children and Nana to six grandchildren, ages 2 to 11. I have found that it’s essential to continue self-discovery, know my preferences (likes and dislikes), cultivate vital interests, and pursue my dreams apart from my role as a mother. and now grandmother. This accomplishes two (likely many more) crucial things: First, children are a temporary assignment. A mother will be better equipped to navigate and support the various stages of the child’s individuation when engaged with her own development. The irony of motherhood is to help your very dependent and needy child (as an infant) know themselves better than they know anyone else and to use that knowledge of self to create a satisfying, meaningful life. Children are like presents to be unwrapped through the years. Read more>>