How to Manage Your Mouth (for Kids): A 30-Day Wholesome Talk Challenge {eBook Review}

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By Contributing Writer, Kelly Wiggains

This month at TheMarathonMom, we’re focusing on detoxing bad habits, including unwholesome talk.  Have you ever heard your child say something, started to wonder where they learned it, and then remembered that – oh no! – it was from you?
My friend Connie from Smockity Frocks has a new eBook available: How to Manage Your Mouth (for Kids): A 30-day Wholesome Talk Challenge. This eBook serves as a companion guide to pair with Connie’s first 30-day Wholesome Talk Challenge, written specifically for moms.

 

Connie first wrote her original 30-Day devotional book for moms when she felt convicted by the scripture in Ephesians 4:29 that says,

“Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.”

 

Connie wanted some encouragement and help as she worked to tame her own tongue, and she couldn’t find anything she liked. So, Connie, a wife and a homeschooling mother of 8 children, decided to write a book herself.

 

She wrote a 30-day devotional guide, something useful and practical to help other women spend a targeted amount of time and study on speech. Her devotional guide pairs a daily scripture with an anecdote or insight from her own life to explore ways Christians should be holding their tongues or using Spirit-filled words.

 

In the new companion guide, Connie takes the same verses from her original Wholesome Talk Challenge, and she modifies the devotionals and study sheets for children to use in daily homeschool study. What do I like about this devotional guide for kids?

 

1. We study together.

With this new companion guide for kids, I use the printable devotional and copy work pages with my children, and we read through the same Bible verses together as the original Wholesome Talk Challenge eBook for moms.

 

2. We talk about Scripture in an easy format.

After the devotional, my kids and I walk through the verse using the SOAP method: Scripture, Observation, Application, and Prayer. We look over the scripture (and copy it), talk about observations from the verse, apply it to our daily lives, and pray over the verse.

 

Wholesome Talk Challenge

 

3. The book is adaptable for children of all ages.

Connie wrote this devotional book with children ages 7-13 in mind, but I have three children at home who are 7, 6, and 3. I still use this book as an introductory study by modifying the work according to age and ability levels. For my three-year-old, I write the verse for her with a highlighter, and she traces the letters with a pen (this is one of her favorite things to do).

 

My boys use the verse for copy work, but they are not writing out the devotional SOAP sheets because one verse is about their limit for writing time. However, I use the SOAP method study sheets to talk through the verse with my boys as they both need extra practice thinking through ideas and using their words.

 

4. The book focuses on practical and easy to understand principles from the Bible.

I will admit my boys groan and complain when it’s time to do the copy work. However, they would do this no matter what the writing assignment. But, as an added bonus with Connie’s eBook, my boys and I can talk about whether that groaning and complaining is useful, beneficial, or encouraging to anyone (the foundation verse in Connie’s book). I’m hoping this (believe me) DAILY reminder about only using words that are helpful or beneficial will start to stick. For all of us.

 

I highly recommend Connie’s books. The guide for moms stomps on my toes quite a bit, especially in regards to the fruitlessness of venting my anger or “telling a story” to a friend about someone else, just to feel validated in being right. And with this new companion guide for kids, I have a way to feed my kids helpful and beneficial daily scripture as we learn to use our words to love each other.

 

Connie is a wonderful mentor and friend to me. I take her words and advice to heart because I know and trust her. But I think anyone who reads her book would feel the same way.

 

To order her book, click here.

 

Do you have a hard time managing your mouth?

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