Hi! I’m Chrissy…
and I’m the fun-loving mom behind this blog.
I’m also a maker, baker, and endless list-maker!
When I’m not working on the blog, I try my best to parent my two amazing, independent, headstrong girls.
I’m constantly looking for ways to have fun and make special memories with my kiddos, and I want to help you do the same.
Being a mom is not always easy.
In fact, two years ago I felt like my family was completely falling apart.
My girls, then 8 and 10, were having some serious growing pains. I had just gone back to work part-time for the first time since my oldest was born. And my husband was working in an environment that he hated.
We were all stressed, and that stress came out in our behaviors and interactions with each other.
Lots of tension. Lots of yelling. And buckets of tears all around. We were all losing control.
It was clear to my husband and me that we needed help if we were every going to get our family back on track.
We found a good therapist.
We read some amazing books and blogs that helped us change out mindset and habits in some areas.
And, we started making a conscious effort to stay connected with our kids.
Some practical strategies we implemented were: weekly family meetings, chore charts, daily expectations charts, and screen-free family days.
At the heart of all of the changes we’ve made, at least the changes that I think have made the most difference, is keeping a mindset of love and acceptance with our kids and ourselves. We can’t beat ourselves up for not being the parents we thought we’d be. We can’t blame our kids for being kids. None of us is perfect, and if we can allow for those imperfections, it will allow us to love each other and ourselves in a way that is deeply impactful.
Fun Loving Families
Parenting is hard. Momming is hard. Finding ways to do “all the things” and still stay connected with everyone in the family and stay sane can feel like an unrealistic dream.
I know how busy family life can be. When you’ve got multiple kids, sometimes at different schools, with different schedules, and everyone just feels like they’re constantly running around, it can feel like everyone is just doing their own thing.
I’d love to help you find simple ways to keep your family happy, healthy, and full of love.
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Still reading? Here’s some backstory to the site:
When I started this blog, it was only going to be list posts of great ideas I had found. Twentyfive Things was purposely vague because I thought I’d be writing about a broad range of topics that appeal to me.
I was wrong.
After a year of posts, it was clear that this blog was taking a clear direction: helping parents find ways to create meaningful connections with their kids.
At that point, the Twentyfive Things moniker didn’t make very much sense.
So, in the spirit of leaning in to this new direction, I decided to rename the blog and Fun Loving Families was born.
We may eventually make a full transition to funlovingfamilies.com, but for now I’m just going to keep things simple and stay put where we’re parked! (Updated 7/2018) We finally made the full switch to funlovingfamilies.com!
(This is a slow transition, so you may continue to see reference to “Twentyfive Things” during the process of the re-branding.)
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