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.

Jaime Carden-O’Brien | Founder of Free to Be | A Wellness Studio For Teens and Owner/Therapist at Archways Family Counseling

Starting Free to Be has had a big impact on my own girls who are 11 and 9. In the beginning, they were at every event, learning with the big girls, all about positive body image, healthy relationships, loving themselves and being a good friend. They ask questions about what they hear and they tie the things they learn to their own lives and friendships. Our 11 year old will be in middle school next year and she is going to start working for Free to Be, helping plan meaningful events as well as helping to lead them. And my soon to be 5th grader is excited to be an employee once she hits middle school as well! My hope is that by having them immersed in the work of self love and acceptance, and helping others do the same, they will always know their worth, even when things feel really hard. Read more>>

Joshalynn Green | Joshalynn Green | Non-Profit Founder and Entrepreneur

I am a brand new mom, and I take pride and joy in being a parent. The journey of parenthood thus far has been so rewarding and exciting, to say the least. My son truly motivates me in unexplainable ways. So far, the greatest thing I’ve done as a parent is setting the example of giving back and going after your goals no matter how BIG or how small they may be. My service-driven attitude started at a very young age, and I truly believe that the best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others. That is why I find it imperative to set a positive example for my son. Even though he is still a baby, I believe setting a positive example starts now! I am choosing to be exactly whom and where I want to be in life so he knows that he can do the same. Read more>>

Isabella Baudo | Professional Makeup Artist & Esthetician

Focusing on promoting myself as an independent business owner! I chose to take a risk and focus primarily on making my own business so that I would be able to stay home with my son as much as possible. My son, Jace, was born in June of 2020 and when my 3 months of maternity leave came to an end, I dreaded going back to work full time in an office. I have been so lucky to be able to focus on building my business as a successful makeup artist and also be able to stay home and watch my son grow. I love that I have been able to raise and take care of him on my own. Read more>>

Michelle Fitzgerald | Bespoke Corset Maker and Pianist

I am a parent, yes. The absolute most important thing I’ve done is work on my own internal growth and learn how to communicate, apologize, follow through, make space for “negative” emotions, n etc. Doing that has given me the space and emotional safety to see my children as individuals and help them navigate the world rather than seeing them as extensions of myself and fighting unending power struggles. Read more>>

Tracey Winey | Believer in Humanity, Teacher Librarian, Volunteer

As a parent, the most important thing I have done is believe in my children. I believe in their ability to make a decision, to choose their own path, to right a wrong, and to create an environment that empowers others to thrive. Sometimes I don’t agree with their choice or want them to do something that they chose not to do. The best way I know how to convey my love to them is to allow them to be accountable, for the good, bad and ugly. Through years of unconditional love and holding my kids accountable for their actions, my kids are discovering their authentic selves. This is how our family works. We aren’t perfect and often times it isn’t pretty, but we are truthful, hardworking, encouraging and above all; loving. Read more>>

Robin Fulton | Photographer

I began photographing full-time in 1996. The company I worked for flew me all around the country training our venues how to photograph weddings, portraits and families. I quickly became a regional manager and was flourishing in my career. In 2001 I gave birth to my first of two children. within four months, my employer told me that my “priorities were in the wrong order “and I was laid off. Being a new mother was scary enough, but to be suddenly unemployed was terrifying. Fortunately my reputation as a photographer preceded me, and I began getting calls at home from venues, florists, and referrals from previous clients. It was beautiful and overwhelming. Within three months I had to get a business license and was able to schedule my photo shoots around my child’s schedule. After my second child, my business was well-established and I was able to balance work and motherhood effortlessly. Read more>>

Robyn Premo | Artist

I started Holly & Honey because of my daughter. I had a few weeks left in my maternity leave and I wanted to spend the time doing something creative. It was going to be Holly’s first Christmas, so I set out to make her a unique and one of a kind gift – a set of Princess inspired wood dolls. I figured while I was at it, I would make a set for my 2 year old niece too. Then I decided, if I was going to go through all of the work to make 2 sets of dolls, I would just make 5 sets, put the extra 3 sets on Etsy and see what happened. I sold out of several dolls that first day and it felt like a sign that this was the right thing to do. Here I am, 4 months later, and I was able to leave my job at the start of this year to be a full time, stay at home mom. Holly & Honey gave me the freedom to be home with Holly and not send her to daycare. That is truly a gift to both of us. Read more>>

Daja Herrera | Lash Designing Makeup Artist

I believe what I am doing as both a female & hispanic business owner/entrepreneur, is showing my children that we can do anything we put our minds and hard work into. I want my son to know that he can take his talents and skills and turn them into something BIG, something that can make his dreams come true. I want my daughter to know that she can do it ALL, that she too can shatter glass ceilings, that she controls her future and her dreams. Its not an easy path, but it won’t stop me and I will continue to build something they can one day be proud of. Read more>>