When I was working for a large corporation many years ago, an inter-office email invited me to a Bring Your Own Beer Party every Friday. One day a co-worker decided to email the office inviting them all to an alternative prayer meeting. She was told to cease and desist.

Many offices will offer Holiday Parties in lieu of Christmas Parties and will insist that employees say Happy Holidays instead of Merry Christmas. Most Christmas activities are now sanitized for secularism.

"And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up." -Deuteronomy 6:7

Now is the time to teach your children to speak out in grace and truth! The exciting news is that, armed with the truths of God's Word and the communication skills to articulate them, we can make a difference! The more practice your child has, the more comfortable and confident he will be in sharing the Good News and speaking up for Biblical truths. The world is a much more complicated place than when we were kids. If there was ever a time in history where communication skills are of the utmost importance, that time is now!

"Let your speech be alway with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man." -Colossians 4:6

"So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it." -Isaiah 55:11

Just how difficult will it be for our Christian, conservative homeschool graduates as they go out into the politically correct world? There will be challenges certainly, but by taking active steps now, we can prepare our children to meet those challenges in a way that will honor God and impact our world for Him.

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JoJo Tabares holds a degree in Speech Communication. Her Christian and humorous approach to communication skills has made her a sought after speaker. She is the author of the "Say What You Mean" communication curriculum, and has had articles published in various homeschool magazines and websites. JoJo and her husband live in Southern California where she homeschools their two children. For more information, please visit www.ArtofEloquence.com

This article was originally published in the Nov/Dec '06 issue of Home School Enrichment Magazine. For more details, visit http://HomeSchoolEnrichment.com