Thank you so much for all your hard work, and for one of my favorite articles on parenthood entitled, well, 'On Parenthood', naturally.
I agree with you 100%. I have so many ideas for side projects, and even just things that I want to learn on my own...but in the end, they mostly get pushed aside because, well, the only way to get it all done is to ignore my family. It's not worth it. It's enough that I have to spend the whole day at a full-time job, the last thing I want to do is then go home and spend my whole evening staring at a computer again, instead of playing with my kids.
Anyone who says they are able to work full time, do multiple side projects and learn a dozen programming languages while still raising 2-3 children is either lying, getting absolutely no sleep, is completely ignoring their children, or they are Scott Hanselman (who admitted, if I remember correctly, that he doesn't go to sleep until 2am most nights).
Anyway, good luck with whatever life will bring you. But, most of all, have fun with your family!