Hey now, chin up pretty lady...
I first picked up needles last year at this time - and it took me a YEAR, yes I said a YEAR (although to my slight credit it was an on and off thing) to understand how to purl a stitch. Sigh. Imagine my shock and surprise when I FINALLY got it!!! :woohoo: <--- understatement!
You've got a busy life - raising kids is HARD work in the best of times (I know, I've got two challenging step-kids in the teen years and one has ADD/ADHD) plus the rest of your life. It's okay to feel overwhelmed and like you are somehow 'behind' everyone else...you aren't, trust me.
The fun thing about knitting is it is ALWAYS there for you when you do have a little bit of time to work on it. It doesn't go anywhere or demand a thing from you (well, except attention to detail now and then) and it should be a relaxing thing. If it's not, try an easier pattern!
There is nothing wrong with sticking to smaller types of easier projects either...you could knit scarves and donate them or baby hats and/or booties, etc. Whatever your fancy is...maybe start a 'dream' project to pull out now and then and then have a smaller, more instant gratification one that can be done more rapidly?
I don't confess to knowing a whole lot about knitting yet, but I have learned that it is a wonderful craft to feel connected to others (especially women) and you are NOT alone in feeling the way you do - you are loved.
Hugs to you! :hug: :hug: :hug: