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.

Cassandra Elme | Teeth Whitening Specialist & Aspiring Dentist

The most important impact I made as a parent is being whole. Being a woman first. Identifying who I am as a person before I can proceed as being the best mother I can be for him. I believe that If I am not whole, how can I pour into his cup. He’s the fuel to my engine that keeps me going despite the obstacles thrown my way. I want to continue to be transparent with my son, about the struggles I deal with balancing motherhood, full-time graduate student, work, and running a business. Being transparent creates a space where we can continue to foster trust. I want him to see that mommy too has to handle ups and downs, but always handled with grace. It is not easy, but I want to continue to instill in him that whatever is worth having is worth fighting for. Above else always remember to check in with yourself, know yourself. Read more>>

Samantha Gallacher | Samantha Gallacher, Art and Loom

I have two boys, aged 8 and 10, and they see how much I work. As a parent, and especially a woman, I want them to see the value of building something from the ground up and making it work. All that aside, I also love spending time with them, and making sure they know I’m always there. No matter how much is on my plate!. Read more>>

Chrisanthia Allen | Brand & Website Designer- Ceo of Unique Images by Chrissie

As a mother of 2 young boys, I believe as a parent the most important thing I have down for my kids is create a business for them to inherit and also instilling in them the importance of being independent, educated, ambitious and successful young men. My father was a carpenter in Jamaica and he use to ride his motorcycle from Spanish Town to Kingston each day with me on the back, hugging him tight on his way to work. I watched my dad grow from a simple carpenter to a successful business owner, who now owns and operates one of the top funeral homes within Spanish Town, have multiple real estates and rental properties and even owning his own plaza (strip mall). My dad instilled in me the value of education, seeing he was a high school drop out & also being a independent young woman. After losing my mother at age 8 he was the main parent in my life and a wonderful father growing his only daughter. Read more>>