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.

Kate Jennings | Licensed Professional Counselor

The most important thing I’ve done as a parent is working to help my two children know that it’s okay to not be okay. We talk about our feelings daily- what makes us feel sad, angry, worried, all of it. I help them to know that I am a safe place for them to turn to if they need anything at all. I think in today’s world there are so many pressures to do better, be better, work harder, work longer- our kids need to be raised to know that they are enough. They do enough. They work enough. Our kids ought to be raised to know they can do anything, but not everything. Read more>>

Beverly Biehl | Feng Shui Master and Intuitive Coach

When my kids were still quite young, around 7-9, I discovered that I was an energy empath. This meant that I would absorb energy from those around me and would act on those emotions as if they were my own. Think of a person walking into a spider web and the ensuing flailing about trying to get free from the tickly fibers! I couldn’t bear the disappointment of those sweet darlings, until the real need for rules and structure came crashing in. Read more>>

Jose Vargas | CEO Diamond Innovations LLC.

Guidance has to be not only the best foundational support system but for a child it gives them reassurance when they feel they are doing something wrong. I enjoy my kids coming back to me asking questions I’d rather answer any question they have rather them going out into the world. I want them to feel they are headed to the right path in life I don’t want them to doubt themselves in anything they do that way they can do it to their full potential. Read more>>