It is easy to think that teaching your child can be done better by someone else - someone smarter, someone with more training, someone with more material resources. It is easy to become discouraged when a child struggles, when he just doesn't get it, when things don't go according to plan. But your child was given to you. My children are my responsibility - a great and awesome thing, fearful, yet filling me with joy.
Charlotte Mason writes this quote in Home Education. It is a word of encouragement.
"The mother is qualified," says Pestalozzi, "and qualified by the Creator Himself, to become the principle agent in the development of her child; . . . and what is demanded of her is - a thinking love. . . . God has given to thy child all the faculties of our nature, but the grand point remains undecided - how shall this heart, this head, these hands, be employed? to whose service shall they be dedicated? A question the answer to which involves a futurity of happiness or misery to a life so dear to thee. Maternal love is the first agent in education."