Are there any parallels to raising kids and being a top UX developer and if yes - how so?
In terms of being a UX developer, not really.
However, the more experience I get in management the more I find myself thinking, "Why does this feel so familiar? Oh, because it's just like getting everyone ready for church." Each person has a different level of experience, personality, set of motivations, etc. In order to make the deadline, you're constantly checking in on each person:
1. Do they understand the goal (be in the car in a presentable state by 9:30)?2. Do they have everything they need to succeed (shoes, teeth brushed, clean diaper, etc.)?
As kids grow, the focus shifts from #2 to #1 (and doesn't necessarily get easier).
It's the same with knowledge workers.