Welcome to TWSS!
Good 1st thread!
I don't have kids, and don't plan on having them. This lifestyle is tough and stressful and for me, personally, would not work with having a family.
I'm not saying I'm choosing poker over family, there is obv more to it, but it just would not work for me. Even if I was in another profession, this would be the case as well.
I know a few female pros with kids. I have so much respect for them, because I don't know how they do it. It is truly so admirable.
I'm sure the moms in TWSS have many experiences they will share, but from my child-less point of view, it's tough to be a pro and be a mom simply because poker hours are unpredictable. Especially if you are a tournament player. And child care/family obligations can be tough to juggle. Again, there are many that do it, and do it well, but I'm sure it's not easy.
Even just in my life, there are so many times a day/week/month where I have to get up and leave the house with a moment's notice to get to a game/tournament/friend get-together (these are important, because this is how you improve). I have trouble even managing my dog's medication schedule, because I can be gone for many hours at a time, unannounced.
Sleep is also important. Children impede sleep. Poker impedes sleep. Those two together can make for a very sleepless life.
There's def a part of me though that will always wonder 'what if' but it's such a fleeting thought, and then I bring myself back to my task at hand which is usually at a poker table or on my laptop.