I know I'm not the only one who feels this challenge.
It's part of the reason why the lyrics to "Cats in the Cradle" resonate so much.
It's definitely tough though. Trying to be a present/involved father, being a decent husband, and being a responsible employee.
I travel a fair amount. Most weeks. While my trips (for the most part) tend to be 2 days and 1 night, it still means I'm not there.
The flip side is that when I'm home, I'm home when the kids leave for school and when they get back. We have dinner together as a family most weeknights.
I tell the kids that there are dads who don't get home until 8pm (or later) most nights, but who don't travel as much, so which would they rather have?
Not that it really matters all that much because we are talking about my kids and my relationship with them.
You feel how quickly the years go and you kick yourself for the fact that you might be doing work or taking a conference call or checking email while they are there. You justify it by saying you are doing it to be a provider for them.
And you are because, obviously, if you didn't do the work, take the call, or respond to the email at all, you wouldn't be doing your part.
Ah, the balance. Ever elusive isn't it?