Our community is comprised of entrepreneurs and artists and creatives – folks who have chosen incredibly difficult professional paths that often don’t offer any safety nets or guarantees. Nonetheless, we regularly hear that being a parent is a far greater challenge and so we asked some of these folks to open up to us about the things they’ve done as parents that they feel will have a meaningful and positive impact on their child.

Heather Halliday | Creative Director & Owner of Modern Whimsy

Being a parent is one of the hardest but also most rewarding jobs a person can have. My children are still young, 8, 10 and 12 so every day I am learning how to be the best parent I can be. The challenges are always changing. As for the most important thing I’ve done so far as a parent? To me, it is definitely being present in their lives. Read more>>

Darren Roberts | Wedding and Lifestyle Photographer

I was raised by my grandmother and grandfather in Lubbock. They had had three children of their own, so raising another one wasn’t really all that new to them. My mother wasn’t in the picture for the first part of my life due to some ill placed choices, so they adopted me when I was around 18 months old. They spoiled me rotten like all grandparents do, but they also taught me amazing values and made me a hell of a cook. Read more>>

Amy Clemons | Small Business Owner

I am a parent of 6 children. I have four biological children, 1 step child, and a foster child. 5 of those children are teenagers. We are a family owned and operated business so everyone in our home plays a role in the business. Running a small business has helped me to teach my children how to learn and grow. They have learned the importance of responsibility, stability, and taking control of their lives. Read more>>

Barbara Carr | Mompreneur ( Mom and Entrepreneur)

As a parent, the most important thing I’ve done in terms of the impact on my children is to be proactive and present in their lives. I don’t tell my story a lot and many don’t know it, but I grew up in foster care. Details of my childhood and reasons I was taken away from my parents have never really been anything I would want to share. I didn’t grow up in a 2 parent household with my biological mother and father. I didn’t have parents that showed up to every sports game or school event. I didn’t have anyone to invest in me. Read more>>