Every parent knows - we love our children, no matter what. You cannot explain it to anyone who isn't a parent and you didn't understand it until you were a parent. So even when our children are frustrating, disrespectful, unmotivated, digitally absorbed or frightening us, we still love them. Its important to somehow convey this to them while trying to adapt their behavior.
I read this excellent posting from Hands-Free Mama on To Build or Break a Child's Spirit and I thought it was provocative. The hardest thing for me as a parent is to recognize when my emotions (exhaustion, reality conflicting with hopes, exasperation) are interfering with my ability to support my child. Enjoy.