Work-family balance is impossible.
There, we’ve said it, and it feels good to at least acknowledge it. How can you possibly find balance between work, kids, spouse, fitness, hobbies (remember hobbies?), your own parents, friends, and the aforementioned 800 other things? You can’t. But you CAN put a proactive plan in place to make sure you embrace your kid’s childhood. Everything else will ebb and flow throughout your life, but your kid’s childhood will go by before you know it (even if sometimes it feels like the days will never end!). And while being there for dinner, weekend activities, and sports games is great (and super important!), your kid won’t really remember that so much. Don’t get me wrong, if you mail it in at these basic Dad things, nothing else will matter. But we assume you are interested in being an even better Dad and are probably already doing these things.