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.

Amanda Kay Ragulsky | Mother & Real Estate Agent

I believe being a parent is the most rewarding role you can play. It is important to break the cycle of generational trauma, and give our children a home that they feel heard, feel loved, feel safe, and feel supported in. The most important thing I’ve done as a parent is taking the time to work on healing myself so I can wake up every morning knowing that I’m being the best mother I can be. It’s so important for me to have the patience to fully be there for my kids, and to show them how to love themselves fully for who they are. I want them to embrace their uniqueness and show the world all the wonderful things they have to offer. Read more>>

Jackie Carson | Artist

The most important thing i’ve done to impact my children’s future is how to follow my dreams, even if its hard. I didnt discover my voice as an artist until I was an adult and after I already had my two children and thousands of responsibilities that should’ve stopped me from following my dream of being an acrylic painter and artist in Denver. My children have watched me struggle and most of all grow as a disabled female artist and continue to attack my passion in any way that allows me to express myself and grow. My children have also witnessed my shift in doing art and looking for approval to doing art for my happiness. I believe everything else will fall in place if I am happy and doing what I am comfortable doing. Showing my children to perform in their best mental state, to do art with no limitations and to express themselves has really impacted me to continue to follow my dreams as well, they are my biggest fans! Read more>>

Jen Rigsby | Educational Consultant

I feel blessed on a daily basis to have my daughter. I struggled for years to have her, so to say she is a miracle is an understatement. I am lucky that my background and career has allowed me to find the perfect school and educational opportunities for her. I know academically she is set and will be prepared for college. Yet, I feel that the most important thing that I have taught her is grit and hardwork. It is hard to watch your children fail, yet some of the best learning opportunities and growth come from these experiences. I can’t be there to hold my daughter’s hand the rest of her life, as much as I would love to, so I need to know that she can handle life on her own and give it her best. I hope that she sees me as an example of hardwork and grit as a single mom who owns her own business. Read more>>