Matching Family Tattoos, Legacy Planning with Your Kids and Slowing Down to Be Present at Home with Christopher Nicolaysen

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Christopher Nicolaysen knows what it’s like to grow up without a lot of money and with a father who wasn’t around much because of work. As a parent, he’s done everything he can to ensure his daughters had a father who was home as much as possible and fully present when he was with them.

In our conversation, you’ll hear what family time is like in the Nicolaysen household. From getting absolutely demolished by his daughter playing Mario Kart, board game nights, why they decided to get matching tattoos and how he avoids the stereotypical working Dad “How was your day” question.

But it’s not all fun and games. Christopher and his wife have already paid for their funerals; they’ve talked to their kids about money and involved them in their legacy planning. We covered a lot of ground, but the big takeaway here is how he’s created such close bonds with his daughters, who are grown-ups now, how he de-escalates confrontation and keeps his marriage fresh and thriving after 26 years. Enjoy!

A Wide-Ranging Conversation Through…

  • Learning good work ethics from Dad
  • The quickest way to lose respect from your kids
  • Being present for those ordinary moments
  • Getting smoked in Mario Kart by your kids
  • Staying engaged leads to a healthy marriage
  • Legacy planning and talking about money with kids
  • The $20 tipping rule
  • De-escalation methods to manage arguments
  • Advice on parenting, marriage, money, and health
  • The FRD 5 – Five Daily Commitments
“I may not know what to do exactly, but I’m going to do something to keep this family up and going.” - Christopher Nicolaysen Share on X

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Christopher Nicolaysen Bio Christopher Nicolaysen

Christopher Nicolaysen is the founder of Springs Law Group in Colorado Springs. He has two daughters, Sidney and Megan, and has been married to his wife Meghan for 26 years. Originally a teacher, Chris developed insights into various family dynamics, which he now applies in his legal career. He emphasizes honesty and collaboration with clients. Since moving to Colorado in 2005, Chris has enjoyed its beauty, working alongside Gretchen, the office manager. His hobbies include family games, movies, Denver concerts with Gretchen, and gym visits.

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