What is it about parenting that makes it seem so hard?
There is definitely both physical and emotional labour involved. But, if it was only the effort, it wouldn't seem too hard.
I think it's the anxiety that we come to parenting with. That sense that it all depends on us as parents to "get it right" or else.
But, what is the "or else"?
What if we make mistakes? If we admit it and apologize, we teach kids to have humility and integrity.
What if we drop a ball and things don't go according to play? They learn that life isn't always going to go "according to plan" and they learn to cope and problem solve.
What if we learn to bring a sense of serenity into our parenting instead of berating ourselves for our deficiencies or trying to control every aspect of our child's upbringing so they can be "successful"? Then maybe they learn what an adult who has a sense of "peace of mind" looks like.
Maybe we don't have to work so "hard"...