Why One-On-One Time with Kids is the Best Investment Parents Can Make – with Jim Sheils

As career-driven individuals and busy entrepreneurs, we can get often caught up in the time-consuming race of constantly growing our income and expanding our businesses.

While our motivations may be pure, there can be long term consequences to focusing more on your work than on your family.

Our guest today knows this reality first hand.

Jim Sheils is the founder of 18 Summers, which specializes in live events, workshops, and private consulting for organizations looking to strengthen their family lives while still succeeding in business. He’s an in-demand public speaker and owns a private real estate company that has done more than $200 million in transactions.

He’s also an avid surfer and enjoys traveling with his family and friends, especially his wife, Jamie, and their four children.

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5 Tech-Focused Gift Ideas for a Smart (and fun) Home

The world is changing rapidly. Every day there seems to be a new product or app released that helps us live more efficiently.

These new efficiency-focused advancements have now made their way into our homes. And I’m welcoming them with open arms. The less time I spend on meaningless time-consuming activities, the better my life will be.

Here are 4 gift ideas that will help you stay up with the latest technology trends and make your home more efficient (and fun).

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Have I Committed to Too Many Kids’ Activities?

Our second question of the month comes in from Allison from Missouri:


Hi, Andy!

You’ve said that Nicole keeps you balanced with actually living life while still trying to reach your financial goals. How do you balance kids’ activities and optional expenses?

My kids are 4 and 1, and we have just started to branch out into formal activities like swimming lessons and gymnastics classes. I know that parents can go nuts with fun and enriching activities and kid events, easily spending hundreds of dollars a month. I’m not interested in being a tightly scheduled family or spending tons of money on activities, but I also don’t want to lean too far into “living in a cardboard box” territory. I’d love to hear your perspective on how your family balances kids’ activities and expenses.

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21 Inexpensive (or Free) Ways to Entertain Young Kids this Winter

Will this winter ever end?! 

I don’t know why I’m surprised at how long this winter has lasted. I’ve lived in Michigan for over 25 years now. You think I’d be used to it. This is just the time of year I go a little stir crazy! 

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