The biggest mistake professionals make with their kids hearing someone state, "We get 17 vacations with our kids" frightened me. The biggest mistake professionals make with their children? Forgetting we only get 17 vacations with our kids. Next Blog By jeff noel Retired Disney Institute Keynote Speaker and Prolific Blogger. Five daily, differently-themed personal blogs (about life's 5 big choices) on five interconnected sites. View all of jeff noel's posts.