The best way that I can think to explain it is, I feel like a lot of my days lately have been "one step forward, and two steps back." Where I've tried to teach kindness, I'm dealing with hurt. Where I've tried to teach sharing, I'm dealing with selfish-ness. When I've administered discipline, I'm faced with anger...and that's just the beginning.
I know that these principles aren't taught in a day, and it's "line upon line, precept upon precept"...but in between those lines, dealing with the ugliness of the human nature has left me with my hands thrown up & weeping from the hurt!
What hurts worse though, is examining my own heart in all this, and finding some of the same sins that I'm trying so diligently to point out in my children's hearts. I'm guilty of needing the same lessons taught to me over and over. Someone just recently said to me that children can be "holy sandpaper". I've felt like I've just been given a good work over with some 50 grit. (which Wikipedia describes as: for removal of material.)
I know it doesn't stop there though. I know that once God strips away or removes any ugliness from us, He doesn't leave us with a rough and uneven surface.