I think we are all in the same boat... I have two ages 4 and 10 - when they were both younger I couldn't knit, quilt or sew :tap:
As they got older I was able to eek out a few minutes here and there (not really productive, but a little at a time goes a long way) I also had to do small projects.
My youngest is old enough that I knit while he is in the bathtub... I'm sitting right there, with a small very easy project which I can drop in an instant if need to. It helps, I get to knit some and my son doesn't care because he's in the bathtub.
I save my harder projects for after my kids are in bed (sits on my nightstand) - even if I get two rows completed, I'm farther along than I was the day before. (I've been known to fall asleep knitting :teehee:
If you have a DH and they have a hobby - it works out great - they work on their hobby and understand when you are working on yours.
Moms - I also encourage you to get your kids to help you clean - eeeeek!!! My 4yr old loves to dust - I give him a swifter and he dusts every flat surface. I have my oldest vacum... while my youngest is dusting, my oldest is vacuming, I clean the kitchen, do laundry, etc... Housework gets done, my kids are doing/learning something, and I get more time for other things :cheering:
Also - never underestimate the power of Spongebob... I hate that show, my kids love it... 30 min of fun for them, 30 minutes of me time = peace and quiet, knitting time or dare I even say it - call someone on the phone and not be interupted 18 times.
A mom's gotta do what a mom's gotta do