The Family Board Meeting with Jim Sheils


Jodi Chaffee lives in Richmond, Virginia with her husband, Michael, and their four young kids. They home-school and work remotely. She has a bachelor’s degree from George Mason University in Health Promotion Studies, but she attended five different universities before finally finishing while she was expecting her third baby! She’s a returned missionary from the Hawaii Honolulu Mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Sort of a jack-of-all-trades-master-of-none, but she does enjoy reading personal development and parenting books, finding new ways to enjoy exercising, and learning more about being an entrepreneur.

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Jim Sheils: “When my oldest turned nine this year, it really dawned on me that we are already halfway through her childhood, and that we only have as much time left with her as we’ve had so far. It was alarming to think that we really only have nine short years left with her!

This idea that we only have these 18 Summers with our children is so important to remember. We aren’t going to suddenly have a good relationship with them when they are teens, or adults! The relationships we have with our children needs to start when they are young by establishing regular times when you can spend quality time together.”

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We only have 18 summers with our children, and the time goes by fast!
Overwork is a “badge of honor” that detracts from family time
Work and family life required integration
Jim shares his story about establishing a relationship with his sons
Board meetings are the “crazy glue”
The “board meeting”
Jim’s definition of family culture

Highlights Continued:

The difference between rhythms and habits
How to establish these rhythms and encourage your family to participate
Quality time spent with the individual is not time to lecture or have a hidden agenda.
Simple and effective board meeting

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Jake Carlson

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