While I was growing up, I really didn't see my dad that much. In the morning, he had already left for work. In the evening, I'd say "good night" to everyone except my dad, because he was still at work. It was a different time- one income, five kids.
There is a saying, "Work smart, not hard". My dad taught me that the real key is to do both. My dad said, "When you have a family, you will have a responsibility as a provider. It is simple, but not easy. Keep your family fed, keep a roof over their heads, and they will always feel safe because of your work and your love."