Working parents, do you leave work at 5:30pm everyday to be home for dinner with your family? How about once a week?
Unfortunately, in our household, my wife gets home from work about 6:45/7pm, and usually misses having dinner with my son & I. I wish weekdays were more like the weekends, when we always have dinner together as a family, not only because research has shown that children are happier, healthier, and better performing students when they eat with their families…but, because I enjoy that family bonding experience.
Bottom line: I am sure millions of parents out there want the same thing that I want – dinner together as a family unit as often and consistently as possible. How will that happen? In our competitive & cutthroat business environment, we need more business leaders like Facebook COO, Sheryl Sandberg, to publicly lead by example, and send a clear message to their employees that they shouldn’t have to sneak out of work to get home for dinner, instead, emphasizing it’s an important thing to do.
Sandberg states, “I am leaving work at 5:30!” (and you should too) publicly and she hopes that other moms and DADS feel comfortable going home to see their kids. Hat tip to Sheryl Sandberg!