The average CEO spends about 18 hours of her 55-hour workweek in meetings, three hours on calls and five hours in business lunches. Needless to say, it can be difficult to find work life balance for CEOs.
Some find time; they realize there are important things to do that are not on a business calendar.
Dinner with the family is one of those things that some of us don’t think about as we work away.
Studies show children who eat regularly with their family do better all around.
A report by the National Center ofAddiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University stated. Children who eat with their parents five or more days a week have a lower risk of smoking, drinking, and using drugs. They also eat healthier, do better in school and have all around better relationships with their parents.
An American Academy of Pediatrics study showed that shared family meal times saw 35 percent less eating disorders, 24 percent are more likely to have healthier eating habits and 12 percent are less likely to be obese.
But a survey by Eckrich showed only 40 percent of American families eat dinner two to three times a week together.
This has become so rare now that when Sheryl Sandberg, the chief operating officer of Facebook, publicly stated that she is to leave the office at 5:30 to be home for dinner with her two kids, it stunned the world.
It’s sad really, but many do want to be present to see their children grow up. Even if it means they set limits to their work schedule.
It not just about proving you are hard working. It about having the right work and life balance.
When you sit at the table and engage as a family, you stay connected. It’s an opportunity to learn from one another or maybe share a laugh or two.
Try it if you haven’t already done so, you’ll find everyone will be much happier because of it.
Sonia Rina Landry is a passionate entrepreneur, speaker, author, and personal development coach. She is an outspoken advocate of the free market economy and has helped countless clients identify their core values, envision and realize goals that resonate with those values. She oversees several businesses online and offline.