We had the good fortune of connecting with Chelsea Kunde and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Chelsea, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
Before starting Building Blocks Family I was in traditional counseling as a Marriage and Family Therapist at a community mental health facility. My favorite part of my job was working with the entire family system and running a parenting group. I loved learning about family dynamics and providing practical solutions for people. When I had my own child, I realized I wanted to create a foundation for her to be well adjusted, sleep well, and quite frankly be a kid that others wanted to be around. I started looking into this more and realized I was doing this in my career already. So I slowly dove into the sleep world & became fascinated. I started helping friends and family get their infants to sleep through the night and set up a flexible and practical schedule and foundation for their family. From there, Building Blocks Family was born. I wanted to provide families with loving and practical family solutions for all things parenting for children 0-6 years old.
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
Building Blocks Family is a consulting company providing services to families who have children 0-6 years old. I provide private consults, educational classes and seminars on sleep, discipline, and potty training. BBF was built to provide loving and practical solutions to families. My background started in behavior intervention and then I moved on to get my Master’s in Marriage and Family Therapy. My approach is unique because I come from a behaviorist background but have a therapist foundation as well. I am also a Mom myself. I have two young daughters and am on this ride of parenting with you. My services provide the research, my clinical experiences, and also my subjective opinions and experiences. I am real, honest, and only provide solutions I have either seen or done myself because they need to be realistic. Practical goals and approaches are not only important for parents but necessary. I pride myself that my brand is built on incorporating custom solutions that work well for individual families. Humans are complex, so are families, and it is important to provide a foundation for clients to work off of so they can be successful. Building this company has not been easy. Many tears have been shed but doing this work, this is the most alive I have ever felt. I love my job. I love the good times and the hard times because it makes me a better clinician, a better teacher, and a better parent myself. I continue to work hard because of the people. I have some of the best clients and I love what I do. Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Phoenix has so much to offer! Here is where I would start: I would take my friend to take a pilates class at Reformed Pilates my favorite work out! Depending on the time of year, I would lay out by a fun pool (I love the Montelucia) and maybe get a spa treatment! I would make reservations at some of my favorite places to eat in town like Vecina, The Mission, Richardsons, Postinos and Buck n Rider. I would mix in fun brunches, bike rides, and yummy dinners. Hiking is great here but not my favorite thing to do, maybe I would suggest that for them instead 😉Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I would like to dedicate my shout out to my husband Josh Kunde. I could never have taken this leap of faith to start my own company without his dedication to our family, his ongoing support of my career, and being my constant cheerleader. When I feel down, overwhelmed, stressed, he is right there to pick me up, encourage me, and help balance all my duties. I could never adequately put into words how grateful I am for him because without his support, time, and encouragement, BBF wouldn’t exist.
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