After years of women working to achieve the unattainable role of "perfect mother," many moms are settling for just being the best they can and admitting their shortcomings both anonymously and publicly. While mamas spend plenty of time complaining about their spouses' inabilities to care for their kids the way they do, they forget to acknowledge that dads have their own misgivings and guilt about parenthood too. With Father's Day upon us, the most powerful pop in the nation took some time to reflect on what it means to be a father. In an essay he penned for this weekend's Parade magazine, President Obama says:

"I know I have been an imperfect father. I know I have made mistakes. I have lost count of all the times, over the years, when the demands of work have taken me from the duties of fatherhood. There were many days out on the campaign trail when I felt like my family was a million miles away, and I knew I was missing moments of my daughters' lives that I'd never get back. It is a loss I will never fully accept.

Whether in the White House or middle America, most parents connect with what the Commander-in-Chief said about missed ballet recitals, soccer games and spelling bees.  How do you make up for missed events?

Photo courtesy of Parade