Awwad:If your children see you work, they’ll grow up cherishing the culture of hard work. (The Daily Star/Mahmoud Kheir)
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BEIRUT: About the eternal dilemma of balancing work and family life that women have faced ever since entering the workforce, entrepreneur Zeina Yazbeck Awwad is candid, saying that striking "the ideal balance" is impossible.Awwad argues that one will surely come at the expense of the other, adding that often it is the family that will be left neglected because there is no one to hold you accountable and because in Lebanon, according to her, it is easy to delegate family tasks.The most powerful wakeup call happened when a friend of Awwad's who volunteers with the Um Al Nour organization to combat drug addiction told her that lack of affection from parents – namely mothers – was found to be the number one cause for substance abuse among youths.After getting Alain Afflelou on the right track, Awwad got an offer from retail group Magrabi Optical, but the long hours came at the expense of the family.Awwad, who long nurtured a dream of doing medical studies, says she found her niche at Medica.Even when it comes to Soraya, Awwad does not obsess about her daughter becoming a career woman.
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