Family Optimized is a parenting, personal development and philosophy blog written by Chris Egan (and sometimes guest contributors).

Most people have no idea what they are getting into when they become parents—myself included. I started out with some perfect vision of what my family would look like, how it would operate, and how we would never become one of “those” parents that work all day and never see their kids or that are so stressed that they yell more than they talk to each other.

I envisioned an effortless life without the imperfections of my own childhood. We imagine having a perfect work-life balance, plenty of money, little stress, and perfect little angel children that let us sleep in on Saturday mornings.

Then reality slaps us square in the face.

After I get slapped in the face by life, I think about why it happened and how to avoid getting slapped again. Then I write down my thoughts. I usually connect those thoughts to, personal development, parenting, and philosophy. I also write about the joys of life and sometimes travel.

Who the hell am I?

Egan Family

I’m Chris Egan. I am a father, husband, writer, musician, and explorer. I live in Kentucky in the U.S. with my family.

I also host a podcast at

I try to focus more on what matters and less on what doesn’t. As with most things, that’s easier said than done.

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