Once, when Talmage was a baby, Sam asked me what the hardest part of being a mother was.
I told him I thought the hardest part was worrying about my child and watching him suffer at times.
While that's still certainly a difficult part of parenting,
another that comes to mind now is disciplining.
I've posted about it several times, and I'm constantly analyzing our strategies,
pondering and studying to try to make discipline more effective and less painful (for parent AND child).
I love these quotes:
"When persons manifest the least kindness and love to me, O what power it has over my mind, while the opposite course has a tendency to harrow up all the harsh feelings and depress the human mind."
"[Parents], if you wish your children to be taught in the principles of the gospel, if you wish them to love the truth and understand it, if you wish them to be obedient to and united with you, love them! and prove to them that you do love them by your every word or act to them. For your own sake, for the love that should exist between you and your [children]--however wayward they might be...when you speak or talk to them, do it not in anger, do it not harshly, in a condemning spirit. Speak to them kindly; get them down and weep with them if necessary and get them to shed tears with you if possible. Soften their hearts; get them to feel tenderly toward you. Use no lash and no violence, but...approach them with reason, with persuasion and love unfeigned. ...Get them to feel as you feel, have interest in the things in which you take interest, to love the gospel as you love it, to love one another as you love them; to love their parents as the parents love the children. You can't do it any other way."
(Joseph F. Smith)