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Stop Laughing at Jon Stewart's Post-Daily Show Family Dinner Plans

Jon Stewart's leaving the Daily Show. This matters for working moms and dads. Really.

Political snarkmaster Jon Stewart has announced he'll be leaving  The Daily Show at some point this year, citing unspecific future plans that include having school night dinners with his young family.

 “I don’t have any specific plans,” Stewart told his shocked studio audience. “Got a lot of ideas. I got a lot of things in my head. I’m gonna have dinner … on a school night … with my family. Who I have heard, from multiple sources, are lovely people.”

Totally devastating as this may be for the hordes of semi-informed youngfolk crying into their bongs, the news should matter to working moms and dads. Seriously. 

We’ll get back to that in a second. But first, a quick round of bad jokes and eye rolls.

“Jon Stewart is leaving The Daily Show to have dinner with his family … until his non-compete expires.”

“Jon Stewart is leaving The Daily Show to have dinner with his family … because his shtick’s so old it needs the early bird special.”

“Jon Stewart is leaving The Daily Show to have dinner with his family … because fatherhood is so frickin’ hot right now.”

“Jon Stewart is leaving The Daily Show to have dinner with his family … and moonlight as Brian Williams’ memory.”

“Jon Stewart is leaving The Daily Show to have dinner with his family … because he wants to spend quality time with his family and be present in their lives while he and his children are still young.”

Right -- that last one wasn’t much of a joke. Anyway, back to working families.  

Jon Stewart is leaving The Daily Show, and most likely will enjoy at least a few school night dinners with his family, because he can. Money and fame are good like that.

But Stewart’s announcement shouldn’t cause a collective eye-roll from the millions of non-millionaire working parents who’d like to share school night dinners with their children. Because you can do it to -- it’s about prioritizing.

Say dinner isn’t possible, but breakfast is. Or bedtime. Or Saturday all-day. Making one thing a regular commitment and priority can help you feel like you’re have more control. It’s not easy.

There’s sacrifice. And most jobs, (even at times probably The Daily Show) are a grind. But we all need to find ways to enjoy this grind, especially when we have kids, even if it means stepping back to figure out what how to do that better.

So bravo, Jon Stewart. Another dad leading the way to make us talk about the importance of being a dad.

Check out Stewart's announcement below and then tell us: What's your family dinner? And how do you make your family priorities happen?