One hands-on working mom rule I follow after-work daily is to play with my daughter for a half-hour. It's called the 30Minute Floor Time Rule: you can't just let her play you have to play together. But picture yourself arriving home from work and your brain is mush. How do we find the energy?
Sometimes it's just about the finding the right kind of play.
What can you do that will wind down the little one without also winding down all the energy out of you? I started to think of simple ideas after-work that creates simple play without much effort. That's pretty much my daily challenge (and that's why this is a short list).