December 17, 2015 04:35 PM

Being president of the United States is a 24/7 job, but Barack Obama says it’s actually allowed him to spend more quality time with daughters Sasha and Malia.

That’s because he “lives above the store” (the store being the White House in this case).

“At a certain point, let’s say 6:30 at night, I can go upstairs, I can have dinner with [Sasha and Malia], and if I have to go back to work, I can,” Obama explains to survival expert Bear Grylls during a special episode of Running Wild airing Thursday night.

“And so being able to have dinner with them every night was something that I could enjoy more than I did before I was president,” he added. “And that tradition has not changed, which has been great.”

Grylls praised the president for putting “family first” but Obama said the pleasure was all his.

“It’s actually my joy, my pleasure, because if I’ve had a day full of world nonsense, for me to be able to come home and just listen to the girls and let them tell me about their day, it just gives me a whole new perspective and renews me.”

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