I like children...........but I couldn't eat more than two.
I've made a couple of them.
I think they should be mandatory for Buddhists - to practise compassion, patience, tonglen etc.
It also works both ways - being a child presents the same opportunities. I'd say it is better being a child in a family than sitting and trying to imagine feelings about mothers whilst sitting in a monastery.
We do need to bear in mind that for most people there is choice involved in being a parent and none about being a child, and think very carefully before mating.