Have your children bought into the cultural norms of cursing? Before you answer, take a minute to listen as author and homeschooling mom Rachael Carman explains the heart of communication! Learn more, on today’s Home School Heartbeat with HSLDA President Mike Smith.
Rachael Carman is my guest again today. Rachael, last time you explained why it’s so important for parents to pay attention to what their children are saying. Hopefully, most parents don’t hear literal cursing coming out of their children’s mouths. But how does the Lord’s standard of speech compare with the typical speech of our culture today?
Well Mike, I don’t know when the last time you had the opportunity to overhear a conversation between siblings at your local grocery store, but it is downright astounding what these children are being allowed to say by on-looking parents to each other. I use this acrostic, with using the letters in the word, curse. Words that are cruel, words that are ugly, words that are rude, words that are selfish, and words that embarrassing are being freely spoken to each other as siblings.
The word of God speaks to this in Proverbs 6:16-19 when it talks about things that the Lord hates. And three of the things that it lists apply to our tongue. I really believe that we have got to raise the bar for our children and their speech to one another. That duh, shut up, dummy, and stupid are not acceptable. Though maybe not literally cuss words, they’re still words of cursing.
Rachael, you are so right, and thanks for discussing that with us today. Next time, we’ll have some practical ways that parents can teach their children to bless others. And until then, I’m Mike Smith.