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.

Paige Hobbs | Physician Associate

As a parent, I think it is most important to lead by example. Children often times mirror what they see and as the central person in their life, it was my goal to show them by my actions and not just my words what it means to be an active member in society, to be responsible, care well for others, and contribute to my family’s well being. Read more>>

Elisa Garcia | Musician, Dancer, Artist

I’ve had the privilege of staying home with my daughter (now three) since she was born. It has been the greatest sacrifice, but also extremely rewarding to see her growing up. This, my time dedicated to her, has been the most important thing I’ve done as a parent. The physical, mental, and emotional stimulation I have given her daily will be something she will value for the rest of her life. Read more>>

Emily Fenger | Integrative Wellness Coach, Birth & Grief Doula, Reiki Practitioner & Realtor

I think the ONE of the most important things I have done as a parent in terming of the impact on my daughter is, in addition to our unconditional love, is learning to love myself through this new chapter. Around three months postpartum, I was diagnosed with postpartum depression and anxiety Read more>>

Lindsey Carattini | Creator of Nibbles and Sips & Full-time Mama

I was a Wildland fire fighter for the BLM for 7 years before I decided to be a stay at home mom. It was a hard decision. I had worked so hard to get to where I was and I know once I left it wasn’t going to be the same. But then I also looked at my daughter. She needed me more than work. Read more>>