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.

Rachael Moster | Motherhood and Lifestyle Content Creator

I love this question! I truly believe the greatest impact I have had on my children has been parenting with empathy. Children are just tiny humans with emotional needs but their communication skills haven’t advanced yet. While there is no perfect way to parent and no fool proof handbook to raising your tiny humans, I do believe that by leading through example and assessing their behavior through the filter of empathy we’ve given them a good foundation. Read more>>

James Clifford | Head of Brand/Marketing bigtruck®

Parenting is something that will forever be the moist important role and responsibility I have ever had! To raise a human, to support a person through years of growth and exploration that will eventually join the world as an adult…. is not easy! Watching your own children grow, explore, understand, fail, learn, teach, love, respect, and so much more is incredible and something that you truly need to slow down and enjoy. Read more>>

Rita-Soledad Fernández Paulino | Financial Educator & Coach

I remember coming out to my Mexican family at 18 years old and them all being so dismissive. They all told me “No, you’re not a lesbian” and some of them even teased me about it. I moved forward by compartmentalizing parts of my identity. I would only show up as my whole authentic self around other people who I knew were part of the LGBTQ+ community. Read more>>

Ryan Lang | Music Producer & Mechanical Engineer

I believe the most important thing I’ve done as a parent in terms of the impact it has on my children is to stay true to myself and pursue my dreams with passion and determination. I think that there can be some level of stigma around pursuing self-driven goals as a parent, but I find that to be a bit naïve. I think there is an incredibly positive impact on on a child who is able to see the person they love and respect most in the world pursuing their goals and fulfilling their dreams. There is, as with all things, a balance which must be sought and maintained, but that is yet another important lesson a child can learn and view firsthand. Read more>>