Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it. ~ Proverbs 22:6
The best gift you can give your family is your PRESENCE. Your presence will have more of an impact on your family than anything you can ever say.
If you must eliminte a hobby so you can get to the dance recital or the football practice or the birthday party... you MUST do it. Time is too short to miss out.
God was with the children of Israel day and night while they were wandering in the wilderness. God was with His son from birth to death to resurrection. God's picture for us is... PRESENCE.
Miss out on their childhood? How can you be present or honor them now?
Not a father? Consider becoming a mentor, a big brother, or a steady presence for a fatherless young man in your community.