All the hard work, grit, grace, and hustle we put into our lives, careers, and health can end up meaning very little if we neglect our most important relationships — our family. That’s why I loved talking with Jim & Jamie about building lasting, quality family relationships.

When 18 Summers founders Jim and Jamie Sheils first met, they faced a whole new challenge. Suddenly, they were a blended family, with the challenges of disconnection and time scarcity that all families face. It was Family Board Meetings that bridged the gap, helping a new family connect, and helping the kids find a sure footing on uncertain ground. Now, through 18 Summers, Jim and Jamie reach families and organizations around the world, helping them discover the benefits of quality time and enduring relationships.

Jamie Sheils founded Florida’s only Waldorf-inspired public charter school and directed a Public Montessori Charter School and has developed and implemented programs in several other public and private schools. She is the grateful ringleader of four beautiful children, ranging in age from toddler to teen. Along with her husband Jim Sheils, entrepreneur and author of The Family Board Meeting, she founded the 18 Summers movement.

When YPO, EO, Harvard University and other world-class organizations want to help their people to succeed at home, they call on Jim Sheils. There’s a reason people call him “Crazy Glue for families.” In keynote presentations, workshops, team events, or private consulting, Jim has helped hundreds of the top entrepreneurs and thought leaders around the world focus and implement where it really counts, at home.

In this episode Jim & Jamie share the wisdom behind growing a close-knit family, balancing each of the important parts of life, and intentionally choosing a lifestyle that supports your core values and relationships


Here’s what you will learn:

  • How and Jim and Jamie met (2:15)
  • The story behind creating the 18 summers project (11:29)
  • Why being intentional about family time is important for busy entrepreneurs (17:41)
  • How a sincere apology can go a long way (21:22)
  • How to build relationships with your partner and your kids (29:48)
  • Why questions around their blended family led Jim & Jamie to writing a book (34:26)

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