Get To Know...Dance Mom Christi
You can see me in action on "Dance Moms Season 2" Tuesday nights at 9/8c on Lifetime, but get to know me a little better right now...
Q: Any advice to other moms on when to push and when to step back?
A: I think every child is different. I think moms know their children well enough to answer that question for themself.
Q: How do you handle any hurtful comments you receive about the show on the website or on FB?
A: I just try to remember that people don't know my whole story. I know who I really am and I'm comfortable in my own skin.
Q: What’s the most memorable adjective you’ve been labeled on the show?
A: Eye roller. I never knew how much I roll my eyes. No wonder I used to get in so much trouble as a teenager.
Q: What is the biggest misconception about you?
A: That I'm a huge drinker. I like to have a cocktail with my girlfriends, but I don't even have a bottle of wine in my own home.
Q: Would you tell if a good friend’s husband was cheating on her?
A: Absolutely. I would expect a friend to tell me if the shoe was on the other foot.
Q: What was your most memorable valentine’s Day?
A: My first Valentine's day after Chloe was born. My husband sent me a dozen red roses, but one pink for Chloe. He was so excited to buy her a gift from him. It was so sweet to see that relationship.
Q: Do you consider yourself a MILF?
A: Um, ew. Hardly.
Q: What has been your most rewarding moment as a mom so far?
A: To hear people tell me that Chloe is such a good role model for others. I know I must be doing something right as a mom and I hope Clara will grow up the same.
Q: If you were a TV Sitcom mom, you’d be…
A: I'm pretty sure I broke the mold...
Q: What makes you an unforgettable woman?
A: I have many layers. What you see is definitely NOT all you get.
Q: What was your 2012 New Year's resolution?
A: Eat better. That lasted about two days, then I ate a Burger and fries.
Q: How would you feel if Chloe told you she wanted to stop dancing?
A: Sad. I think Chloe has such a talent and it would make me sad to see it go to waste.
Q: What will we always find in your purse?
A: Extra diaper, wallet, Bobby pins, used eyelashes. They scare me when I accidentally come across them. They look like spiders.
Q: What would you say is your greatest regret?
A: Not moving to New York City after I graduated from college.
Q: What's your dream for your children after High school: Broadway or College?
A: Broadway, but take online college classes. I want both my daughters to have degrees.
Q: What were you like in high school?
A: Ugh, I'd like to forget. Captain of the cheerleading squad, Most School Spirit. Unfailingly perky.
Q: What’s the best piece of mother advice you’ve ever received?
A: When you have children, the days are long, but the years are short. Dont take a moment for granted.
Q: If your life was made into a Lifetime Movie, it would be called...
A: Living out of a Minivan
Q: What are your favorite ways to stay fit on the road?
A: Who has time?! I get my exercise from running at the competitions. Heels are a great leg workout!
Q: What are your favorite ways to blow off steam?
A: Shopping, Reading, Bubble Baths, Mani & Pedis. Glass of wine with a good friend.
Q: Cooking: Love it or hate it?
A: I'm not gonna lie, I hate to cook. But I make a mean homemade spaghetti sauce.
Q: What were you like when Yyou were Chloe's age?
A: I was a lot like Chloe, but with a smart mouth and an eyeroll. Some things never change!.
Q: Any tips on Mother-Daughter bonding?
A: I make sure that I spend a few minutes each night, when I tuck Chloe into bed, chatting about her day or talking about exciting things coming up. You would be amazed how much I find out in those few minutes because it is just the two of us.
Q: How do you teach teaching Chloe about financial responsibility – especially when you can spend a lot of money on their dance careers?
A: Chloe has had a savings account set up since she was a baby. You can now manage it online, so she will go online and move her money into different areas earmarked for either savings, a particular thing she is saving for or money for gifts.
Q: What does Christi's "me time" look like?
A: My "me time" is mostly spent in the 15 minutes I lock myself in the bathroom each day for a hot bubble bath and a good book. I also treat myself to a mani/pedi every few weeks.
Q: What are the greatest myths about “Dance Moms”?
- We are living vicariously through our kids. Not true. We are giving our children opportunities.
- We don't really dress up. Even when I was 9 months pregnant, I was wearing heels at competitions and there were no cameras around.
- We need to get our own lives. During season 1 of Dance Moms, not only was I filming a television show, but I was running my house and a business. Plus, I had a one year old. That's a lot of life.
- Our kids are home schooled. They actually all go to regular school full time AND get great grades.
- The kids don't really learn new routines every week. I'm here to testify that they do. I'm amazed they can retain all that information EVERY WEEK. Incredible.
- That we travel in a limo. I wish. We are on a bus.
- That we don't enter our children in the appropriate age groups or experience level. We absolutely follow the same rules as everyone else.
- That we get a VIP dressing room. Actually, we HAVE to have a private dressing room because a camera crew cannot film in a public dressing room where girls are changing.