We've heard it used over and over again as a reason/excuse to get out of politics. Former mayor David Miller propped it up as one of the reasons he decided not to run for re-election. And now, take what's been going on with the Liberals:
Dalton McGuinty: He said one of the reasons he was resigning was to send more time with loved ones. He did speak about his kids but they are adults.
George Smitherman: Along with some new businesses he's working on, he said he wanted to raise his two young kids.
Brad Duguid: Despite joking about everyone saying they want to spend time with family when announcing he wouldn't run for the Liberal leadership, he noted he wanted to be there for his teenagers in case they ever needed him.
Family is an easy reason/excuse and while it may be true for some, not just cynical journalists like me scoff at it - so does the public. They hear it so often they've become immune and roll their eyes.
Do I think someone will say the reason they won't run again is because they screwed up with the way they handled the city's garbage strike or don't want the added stress of rebuilding a party that has more than its share of bumps in the road? No.
But I wish they would.
Critics will always be critics no matter what someone says, so why not see where honesty will take you.
If anything, it would be a great story.
Katie Franzios is Newstalk 1010's Queen's Park Bureau Chief. Find her on Twitter: @katiefranzios