Have you read Alma 34 lately? When we were younger and complained to my parents about some trivial matter, like, who got the most ice cream in their rootbeer float, or who got to sit where in our old 9-seater Suburban, my dad would often quip, "Life is hard, then you die." Certainly not the most cheerful thing to point out, but direct and true. Now, it brings a smile to my face as I understand more of what he knew we would be facing beyond not having our fill of ice cream.
I'm glad he didn't tell me it only gets harder when you have your own offspring. You "know" the world a bit better and the darkness out there. I have 5 small daughters, and if I allow myself, I fear for them. I fear what lurks to snatch their purity and naivete when I am not there to hover and protect. How do I keep them from knowing too much too soon? It scares me. If I let it. It can be paralyzing. But we are commanded "to look unto [Him] in every thought, doubt not, fear not."
As Divine approaches the age of accountability, I see my role as a mother more clearly. It has always been teach by example, but it turns from giving commands to creating boundaries and allowing more freedom to choose. Teach her righteous principles and let her govern herself (right, dad?). Of course not all at once! But I take great comfort in the fact that I can cry unto Him and He will comfort me, guide me. When I feel like I have no idea what I am doing (more often than not), I can cry unto Him. You and I, we, can cry unto Him at any moment life seems hard. Which is often. From the mud on the carpet to the pain of seeing your child rejected by another, to losing a loved one. He knows our pain, every minutiae. He knows our weaknesses. He wants us to come to Him to make those weaknesses our strengths. He wants us to be humble and recognize we cannot do it without Him(!). We are here on earth to prepare to meet our Maker. Our God. Let us do it with His help.
If it's been a while, read Alma 34. It's a balm for the soul (and mother).