All of which cuts into the time I used to spend writing or editing. I've come up with some solutions that don't take away from my responsibilities as a wife and mother.
1. I write during my 30-minute lunch. I may only get in a few paragraphs, but at least it's something.
2. I check my email and chat boards as soon as I get home. My son isn't home from school yet, and my daughter can usually eat a snack and watch a cartoon during this time. Once my son is home, the computer goes away so I can spend time with the kids.
3. I write/edit/whatever after my kids go to bed. That's around 9, and by 10 or so I'm dead tired. I force myself to stay up a little bit if I have a good vibe, but I pay for it the next day.
4. I haven't volunteered to read someone else's work for about a month. The time I spend reading and critiquing their work is time away from mine--and from my family. So I've cut down on that. I still have a couple from a long time ago that need to be done, but they'll have to be in bits and pieces. I have to keep up on my critique groups and I sometimes do those during lunch, too.
So all in all, I've cut my computer time by several hours each day, but I think I've managed to find a balance between writing and real life. I haven't been able to meet my goal of 1000 words a day for quite a while, but in the long run, it doesn't matter. I'm still writing every day and that's what counts.