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.

Veronica Gamboa | Makeup Artist & Pediatric RDA

I am a Mother of 2 young children. I hope the biggest impact of all that I’ve made on them is showing them genuine love no matter what. I hope they know how much they’re loved. As they grow older I hope to impact them with my strength and ability to overcome all obstacles. I hope they learn financial freedom early on in life and not let money run their life, yes it can be motivation for them, just let it be in a non materialistic way. Read more>>

Daniel & DeShambriel Gray | Co-Owners of The Gray’s and Donald Legacy

One of the most important things we have done as parents is provide our children with first hand experience of having showing our love all, especially the less fortunate. We have noticed that our children have shown more gratitude for the things that they have, and also have shown great leadership skills in looking to start their own businesses in the future. Read more>>

Lisa Scott | Children Book Author & Plus Model

Being the mom of 3 boys I know the most impactful thing I’ve done is let my boys be a witness to my confidence as a plus size woman. My boys have seen me weigh a lot less than I do at this current moment. However they have never seen me lacking confidence. Nor have they experienced me feeling inferior being a plus size woman. I let them see my struggles but I also show them how I’m making improvements to get where I want to be. I’m currently working out, making better food choices and overall revamping my lifestyle. Read more>>

Collette Portis, M.Ed. | Master Business Coach & Strategist

The most important thing that I’ve done as a parent was to understand that the world would not love my son the way that his father and I do. As a result, I understood that I have to raise him to be an amazing human being that others would respect because he was respectful and respectable. I had to give him the skills that would allow him to thrive in his life, not just survive. I had to teach him the rules of the game of life and help him to use the tools that are uniquely his in order to obtain the success he desires to achieve. Read more>>