We asked some of the best parents we know to tell us about the most important thing they’ve done as parents and have shared their wisdom below.

Helen Lary | Abstract Artist

As a parent, we are pulled in so many different directions within our home life, work life, after school actives, sporting events and the list goes on and on. Things can get so busy with three kids, but my husband and I have realized that one on one time with each of our kids is super important. It allows us to give them our undivided attention and also be able to really dive in deep. As an artist, I love bringing them into the studio and painting with them. It gives us something fun to do together and it’s not so forced. My kids will open up and tell me stories and I get to ask questions I might not always get to ask when there are too many things going on. Art has been such a fun outlet for me and my kids and letting them just play is something I’m holding onto tightly. Read more>>

Jimmy Tran | Owner, Code Ninjas Preston Hollow and Real Estate Investor

My kids are almost 9, 7 and 5 so needless to say, it’s a busy time and there is always a LOT going on. One of the most important things I’ve done as a parent is try to center my career and life decisions around my family and personal life. Part of the reason why I love real estate investing and owning a small business, for instance, is that it allows me to drop off my kids and pick them up on most weekdays. This doesn’t mean I don’t work a lot (which I do!) but it means that I am able to schedule my work around my kids’ tennis lessons, and do random things like take them fishing on a Tuesday afternoon. I recognize this is a huge privilege and I am grateful for the opportunity to integrate my kids into my career and professional endeavors. Read more>>

Marylie Thompson | Boudoir Photographer

I believe I have shown my children what it is to have goals and to work hard until they are achieved. I have taught all three of my children that nothing is handed to you. You have to work and hustle. I feel that they understand that, because they have watched me crawl my way up. Read more>>