A dad’s role in the family

I’ve seen dads that pat the kids on the head on the way to bed through to dads who are involved to the point of smothering.

Personally I like to spend time with my kids as much as I can but also want them to have space to work/play etc alone or with friends. It is a difficult balance.

Of course different families also have different dynamics for a wide range of reasons.

How do you see a dad’s role? What are some important things to be involved in?