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.

Abdul Sesay | Filmmaker/Screenwriter/Video Production CEO

As a parent I believe the most important thing that I’ve shown my daughters that positively impact their lives, is to first and foremost them how much I love and respect their mother. This sets a precedence on how they should be treated as young ladies growing up in this world. Secondly being a man of faith. I let them know that you have to lean on God during times of uncertainty. Third even though I speak to them and encourage them to read certain books, and to delve into a entrepreneur mindset. Read more>>

Tony Alessandra | Professional Speaker & Founder of

Going the Extra…Inch! I was very fortunate early in life because my mother always instilled in me the desire and the passion to constantly improve myself, but not necessarily by leaps and bounds. Over the years, I’ve been a self-improvement junkie always trying to be better and better in whatever it is I do. My mother had this saying that was a little unusual. She always told me to go the extra… inch. Now I know it’s supposed to say the extra mile. I used to correct my mother and say… you know it’s the extra mile. Read more>>

Jessica Garet | Somatic Intuitive Therapist and Breathwork Facilitator

I’ve been sitting with this for a few days after feeling drawn to answer this question. Maybe this question stood out because I am approaching midlife, and my mother is in her later life. I recognize that my relationship to being a mother and a daughter is continuously evolving. I acknowledge that life requires curiosity, creativity, and gentle flexibility at this stage. Read more>>