Name: Estephanie Ortiz
Location: Tampa, FL Occupation: Teacher & Owner of Beaut & Beast Co - A lifestyle brand that teaches self-love, education, & culture through products, courses and a blog. Children: Gio, 11 What inspired you to start your business? I started my business, Beaut & Beast because I wanted to create products that show cased the rich black history that isn’t usually taught in school. I also wanted to create a safe space for mothers to be inspired to reach their goals. Beaut&Beast Co. is a happy medium to both of my passions.
What brings you joy as a parent? Watching my son grow into a self sufficient young man gives me joy. When he implements critical thinking, problem solving, and reflection into his day without me having to tell him. It makes me feel like I am guiding him right as a parent. What are some of your challenges as a parent? I had my son at 16 years old, so a big challenge for me was learning how to be a parent and adult at the same time. What is the best advice you received or lessons learned as a parent? Your children aren’t you and that’s ok. How do you practice self care? Reading! It is my favorite form of self care because it helps me grow as an individual as well. How do you make time for your relationship with your partner? I coparent with my son’s father. My partner and I make time for our relationship when my son is with his father. Are your parenting styles different from your partner's? How do you manage parenting with your partner? No, my partner and I have the same parenting style. We both allow him to express himself, listen to his opinion, and when necessary correct his behavior. How do you spend quality time with your children? My son loves a good adventure so we spend time go karting, indoor jumping, etc. Sometimes it’s also about just being next to each other and watching a movie. What parenting tools work for you and your family? Honestly communication, reflection, and accountability. Having those two way street conversations with my son about not only his behavior and areas of opportunity but mines as well. Children are much more aware than we think. The older he becomes the more transparent I am in my parenting. Favorite parenting books or resources? My favorite “parenting” books are the ones that taught me how to be a better person and in then a better parent which would be, “It Didn’t Start With You” by Mark Wolyn, “The Four Agreements” by Don Miguel, and “The Prophet” By Khalil Gibran. What do you wish for your children? I wish for my child to be happy in the skin he is in. I want him to pursue his own life and be able to sustain himself. I wish for him to live in his purpose and just enjoy being.