Hi! I'm a current Bellarmine student, graduating (hopefully!) in May 2012. There are students in my cohort who have young children (though not many), and I do know one student who commutes from Cincinnati. She actually drives down Monday morning, stays in Louisville all week, then goes home on weekends vs. making a daily commute, which is what it sounds like you're considering.
Based on what you have written, I think you would find Bellarmine's program very frustrating. Last session, I had class starting at 8 am three days a week, going until 2 pm or 6 pm. I had clinicals the other 2 days from 7-2. This session, I have class from 10:30-4 MW, 8am-9pm (with a big break in the middle) on Th, 10:30am-9pm F, and 8-10:30 am on T (my only slow day!). I can't imagine fitting a 2+ hour roundtrip commute, plus caring for 2 small children, into that schedule. Realistically, you would not see your kids during the week except for dinner - and that's only if you don't have evening clinicals, which you will at some point. Some people in my group have 12 hour clinicals on Friday and Saturday next session
- so not much of a weekend, either.
If being available for your kids and spending a lot of time with them is your number one priority, Bellarmine is probably not for you - at least not at this point. I just think it would be extremely frustrating to stay on top of everything and balance the demands of school and family, especially with a commute. Most of the people in the program who have kids don't have young kids - they're in school and have after-school activities and things to keep them busy while Mom's at school. Maybe in a few years when both are in school you could reconsider it.
I'm sorry if this is coming off as very negative - I just wanted to give you my honest (and very blunt!) two cents. Only you can make the right decision for your family! Good luck.