I Can’t Believe You Just Said That!

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I Can’t Believe You Just Said That: Biblical Wisdom for Taming Your Child’s Tongue by Ginger Hubbard

A book review of I Can't Believe You Just Said That by Ginger HubbardStars: ****

Thomas Nelson (2018)
Christian Life/Family
224 pages

Disclosure: I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. This post contains affiliate links.

Summary: Are you ever embarrassed or shocked by what comes out of your child’s mouth? Do you raise your voice, threaten, and coerce, but find yourself frustrated because nothing seems to work? In I Can’t Believe You Just Said That!, Ginger Hubbard provides a practical, three-step plan to reach beyond the behaviors of tongue-related struggles—such as lying, tattling, and whining—to address your child’s heart. After all, as Matthew 12:34 tells us, “the mouth speaks what the heart is full of.” By moving past the idea that parenting is about rigid rule-setting or behavior management, we can set aside ineffective practices such as scolding, ignoring the offense, or merely administering punishment. Instead, we start to see that our children’s outbursts are prime opportunities for the ultimate goal of all parenting: to guide them to the redemptive work of Jesus and his transformational power

I Can’t Believe You Just Said That!

This is the ultimate guide for Christian families who are dealing with issues of whining, lying, tattling, defying, manipulating, interrupting, complaining, blame-shifting, teasing, aggravating, bragging, arguing, yelling, gossiping and bickering.

For each of those issues, Ginger helps us understand the heart of the matter (where it’s coming from), how to communicating the problem, to ask them heart-probing questions (so they can learn to identify what they are doing wrong), how to reprove your child for that behaviour, train your child to speak with self-control and more.

The book is not as helpful for me because although I’m Christian, I’m not raising my child specifically Christian because Dad is not Christian and I am a newer Christian. She does say it’s never too late to start teaching with the Bible in mind but I can’t do that because my husband and I agreed to respect each other’s faiths. However if you are a Christian household, you will find the book very helpful and full of sage advice.

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I've been a nonfiction lover for as long as I can remember. I love children's nonfiction as well and love to share my knowledge and the books I gained them from, with the world. I wish more people would give nonfiction a chance.