When you are ready to throw in the towel, when you feel like a disciplinarian instead of a teacher; when book learning has been shelved because a lack of common respect and manners rules the day, remember:
In the end, it is not about math or reading or history or science.
It is not about test scores, diplomas, or acceptance letters.
Those things will come.
In the end all our labors are for the glory of God that through His grace we raise children who love and serve Him.
Therefore, die to yourself daily, for these years are short, though the days are long. Put off your own plans and expectations and put on Christ, whose grace is sufficient, whose Word is Truth, whose Love conquers, whose plans surpass our own.
Enjoy the children the Lord has allowed you the privilege of raising.
Enjoy their curiosity, their energy, their sense of adventure, their day dreams. Enjoy their hopes, their plans, their wacky ideas.
Cook with them, clean with them, run through sprinklers and rain.
Correct their hearts over their behavior.
Smile more than you scold.
Read books, not chapters, snuggled on the couch.
Count worms after rainstorms, not manipulatives.
If they make a bug catcher and want to bring their captives inside, let them.
When you read "If You Give a Mouse a Cookie" go see a mouse at a pet store and bake cookies.
As you study Rome, wear Togas and stage a war.
If making volcanoes is fun every month, do it over and over.
If learning is fun, they will love to learn.
If Mom is Godly, they will learn Godly character.
If Mom reads her Bible, so will her students.
If Mom relies on the Lord through prayer and patience, they will too.
Who you are is what counts to your children.
So spend your hours agonizing over what curriculum to buy and what program to use. Go ahead. But once it comes, put it in its place as secondary to your relationship with your children and their relationship with the Lord.