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.

Tiara Washington | Owner of Ailey Beauty LLC

I had two children at a young age. I always wanted them to have more than I was given. I ensure when I live my life I live with purpose and intention. This way I am not wasting my time and look up and notice I have done nothing for their future. I live based on a no excuse policy. I ensure I instill this in my children. I also let them know they are in charge of their lives and their days. So they must be very cautious with the words they speak over their lives and the people they allow in their space. Read more>>

Dee Dee | Business Owner-Dee Dee’s Daiquiris

As rewarding as parenting is, it is also one of the most difficult jobs one can have. One of the most important things I’ve chosen to do as a parent is encourage my children to pave their own way and make sure to impact others while doing so. Be different. Be “you”. Most importantly, respect others no matter what. The way your character shows up in a room will say a lot. Read more>>

Leo Morales | PitMaster and Culinary Director

I feel that making time to be present with my kids needed to be the forefront in order to have a successful balance of work and home life. We forget to slow down and settle into a consistent schedule so that our children can also learn to appreciate the value of time. Read more>>

Jazze Maxie | Radio Personality & Community Affairs Director

I’m a mother to a 3 year old little girl name Madison. I love her so much! She has so much personality and is very smart. I thank God for her everyday. Having my daughter changed my life is such a major way because she makes me think twice about how I want to viewed in the public eye. I’ve turned down opportunities that do not align with my image because I want to be a good role model for my daughter. I also try to be a present parent. For me, it’s very important that I’m active in her life and for her to know that I will always be here to support and encourage her to be the best person she can be. Read more>>

Liz Nelson | Fort Worth Fan Girl/Small Business Promotions

Parenting is the most difficult job I’ve ever experienced. To not become overwhelmed by the magnitude of this task, I keep my focus on two basic things: helping my children to become independent in their physical needs and thinking as well as treating all others with love. With these priorities all my decision making becomes a bit easier and helping to make the world around us a better place seems more realistic. No matter the experience, there is always a lesson to be taught and/or discussed. Children are eager to learn and I enjoy having open discussion opportunities with my two oldest, and look forward to the same with our newborn son when he is at the age too. Read more>>