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.

Jeanna Handal | Special Events Coordinator and Caterer

As a parent to two young children building a business for them to one day inherit is very important to my husband and myself. We refer to it as an “Empire”. We think often of them in high school and having a place to come work after school. Our desire is for them to be proud of what we are all building and for them to develop a strong work ethic. We have made a point to include them in each step of the process. To not shelter them from the many struggles, stressors, and disappointments of being a small business owner. The children have displayed a sense of enthusiasm in our growth and I often get calls from people who my 8 year referred to me. Read more>>

Basiliso Moreno, LMSW | Social Worker, Podcaster, Entrepreneur

I’m a single parent of two, a 12 year old son and 9 year daughter. The days they were born are two of the best days of my life. Every decision I make regarding employment, i have them in mind. Their mom passed away in 2016. Prior to our divorce in 2015, we were married for 9 years. We separated in 2014 and I did a whole life reset. Moved back with my parents from NJ and brought along two littles ones. they were allowed to live with me full time. They were too young to understand why we were living in nyc, living with grand ma and grand pa. It was rough but a necessary process. Read more>>

Adama & Gregory Chisley | RN & Family Entrepreneur

I would say that the most important thing we’ve done as parents, is working on ourselves mentally, physically, and spiritually to better ourselves, so that we could be the best version of ourselves for our children. Sometimes as parents we forget or push our mental, physical, and spiritual well being to the side so that we can cater to our children. we want our children to see us at our very best. Healing from childhood traumas or past relationships also help form a better structure for our children. Learning to love, spending time to heal, and building a strong foundation has a big impact on how our children will grow, learn, and love. Read more>>

Anaely Delgado | Graphic Designer & Photographer

I have a 5-year-old daughter, and since an early age my husband and I made it our goal to expose her to different cultures, people, cuisines, etc., but at the same time we have made sure that she knows where we come from. She was born in the United States, but both my husband and I were born and grew up in Cuba, so our culture is very important to us and we have worked hard to make sure our daughter is proud of her roots as well. It is my hope that opening her eyes to the beauty that exists in a diverse and inclusive world, while also honoring her heritage, will influence her to be a confident, compassionate and open-minded adult. Read more>>