Creating Powerful Connections with Your Kids // with Jim Sheils

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As husbands and fathers, we are called to protect and provide for our families. Generally speaking, those instincts are baked into our DNA. Put another way, it's how God designed us and its part of the plan He has for our lives.

Unfortunately, it's all too common for men—especially those who own businesses or have an entrepreneurial bent—to lean a little too far into the role of provider, either out of obligation to their families or an inability to find a proper work-life balance. As a result of working so diligently, many men fail or struggle to establish a deep connection with their kids or spouse.

Jim Sheils

Jim Sheils

My guest today is Jim Sheils. He's an entrepreneur, husband, and father of four. He is also a highly sought-after keynote speaker and consultant who, along with his wife, have dedicated themselves to fixing the epidemic of entrepreneurs not spending enough quality time with their family. They do this through presentations, workshops, team events, or private sessions.

Jim is also the author of the popular book The Family Board Meeting—You Have 18 Summers to Create Lasting Connection with Your Children. And if that title doesn't give you perspective on the finite amount of time we have with our kids, I don't know what will.

The methods Jim teaches are simple, practical, and have proven effective for hundreds of top entrepreneurs and their families around the world. And in this episode, Jim touches on a number of them in enough detail that you'll be able to listen and walk away with tangible and practical tactics you can integrate into your family right away for deeper, more meaningful connection with your loved ones.

Key Takeaways Include:

  • We only have 18 summers with our kids, and we need to make the most of them

  • Not every year with your kids are created equal

  • Entrepreneurs often feel guilty and suffer from depression, but it doesn't have to be that way

  • Learn about rhythms and how they can transform your relationships

  • A game-changing tip that can transform your relationship with your spouse

  • A simple tactic that will help you grow closer with your kids

  • The importance of being present and emotionally vested at home

  • How traditional "manliness" has negatively impacted our ability to connect with our loved ones

  • The power of teachable moments in everyday situations

  • If your kids are older and you feel like you've missed the boat on connecting with them, it's never too late

Jim’s Book, The Family Board Meeting

Jim’s Book, The Family Board Meeting

You can purchase Jim’s book, The Family Board Meeting—You Have 18 Summers to Create Lasting Connection with Your Children, on Amazon.

If you want to learn more about what Jim does in his workshops, speaking events, or family consulting, visit his website at

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The next episode will be released Monday, June 17, and features renowned educator and author, Dr. Warren Farrell. In the meantime, please be sure to check other episodes below.

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