Usually, as a DEV, when we talk about parents and children it's about a tree data structure. But this not about programming. It's about life and the balancing act of being a father and a developer.
I am a proud father of two gorgeous little girls (1 + 5 yrs). And I am a DEV, too.
I did not become a developer because I thought it was a good idea but because I genuinely love developing software. In fact, I started programming in 5th grade and it soon became one of my hobbies that turned into a well-payed job as a side effect.
But with the wonder of getting children, you need to adjust your priorities a bit. And you're going to spend your time for different things.
But at some point, late at night in the quiet of the evening, I sometimes think about the things I'd love to do and I have no time for:
- Learning a new programming language (each year)
- Writing more blog posts (I have so many ideas in my head)
- Reading more blog posts
- Reading books (especially tech books)
- Trying out new technologies
- Starting a podcast
Don't get me wrong, I am not complaining and I would never even hesitate to get kids if I get a second chance. And luckily I have a great job that allows me to learn new stuff along the way and work from home. But there are times where I just wish to have some additional 24h appended to each day.
How do other DEV parents handle that?
How do developers without kids think about that matter? Are you looking forward to getting children or is it something you fear?