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.

Jaime Carpenter | Mom & Adventure Photographer

One of our greatest victories has been showing our kids through world travel, that anything is possible. We know that every day is ours to take advantage of and ours to enjoy. We have been able to meet all kinds of people and expose our children to new cultures inspite of medical challenges that our kids were born with. We wanted to show them that they can still do amazing things! Read more>>

Chelsea Dee Thom | Photographer, NGO Consultant, & Student

I would say the most important thing I have done is be honest with my daughter, and raise her to be a good citizen by witnessing the world. I have shown her the world as I know it to be by traveling often with her since she was an infant. Our travels have been as far as Kenya, Jordan or Japan, and as close as our own backyard. I think being a good witness to the different ways humans live on this planet is the best way to understand humanity and humility. I am a solo parent and because of this my perspective is the only perspective that she lives with daily. So I have found that always telling her the truth about life even the big scary things in a conscientious way is the best approach for me in parenting my daughter. I have always been truthful in what I tell her about how we got here, why we are here, and how we leave this planet. I believe at least in part because of our adventures and my own honesty with her she is now an amazing compassionate, kind, and self-aware 6y.o. child. Read more>>

Amaya Spencer | Esthetican & Owner of Wink & Ink

I am a 33 year old mother to a 15 year daughter, a 13 year old son, and a one year old daughter, and honestly the most important and impactful thing I’ve done as their parent is the way I’ve shown them not to give up on themselves or their goals through my success as well as my mistakes. Since I was a young mother my children have basically grown up with me, and although I wouldn’t recommend anyone being a parent that young, I wouldn’t change it for anything. My process of being a young and single mother has shaped us into the people we are today, and has taught my children that if you truly want to make something of yourself it is absolutely possible. Read more>>