I can relate to being a single mom (tho I only had one child) and feeling like there is no time. One thing I can tell that made a big difference time-wise for me was the crock pot! The crock pot is a single mom's friend!
Dinner being done by the time I got home was a life-changer for me. It afforded me at least an hour (usually more) in the evenings to spend time with my child, do homework, etc. As others have noted, starting with 15 mins a day can make a world of difference. You can even make it "family time". Get a workout DVD that requires no equipment (Zumba, for example), pop it in and have a family dance party. You don't even need a DVD. Just pump up the music and for 15 mins, you and the kids just have fun! Or you could make it the way you wake the kids up in the morning - turn on the music and start dancing around waking them up.
If you need your exercise time to be "alone time", wait till the kids are in bed and do your 15 mins. or do it before they wake up.
Or as suggested, you can use the videos here on Sparkpeople. Either way, make it FUN whether it's just you or the kids.
One thing I know - the stress of being a working single parent can suck the joy out of parenting. Remember to enjoy your kids and have fun with them. If they see you exercising and enjoying it, they will like more likely than not see exercise as fun as well.
Last piece of advice - get your kids involved as soon as they are able in helping around the house. It builds responsibility, family unity, and takes stress off of you. They don't have to do things perfectly, but if they are helping out, it will mean less for you.
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