Parenting Little Heathens


Parenting Little Heathens

Atheists don't have a lot of parenting resources that speak directly to them. Come chat about all things parenting here.

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Discussion Forum

Not celebrating xmas

Started by Kristin J. Last reply by Ambre Apr 18. 4 Replies

Anyone else not celebrate Xmas? It's been difficult explaining to the kids why we don't, at least to their satisfaction. Continue

Tags: Xmas

Live tweets from an abstinence-based "sex ed" class

Started by Grinning Cat. Last reply by Grinning Cat Oct 31, 2019. 5 Replies

(OK, for not-so-little heathens...) Funny and horrifying -- Alice Dreger, a professor of medical humanities and bioethics, live-tweeted sitting in on her son's abstinence-based "sex education" class,…Continue

Tags: sex ed, abstinence-only, abstinence-based, awesome parents, sex education

Personal Listening Can Deafen Your Child

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Grinning Cat Oct 31, 2019. 1 Reply

Did you know that, "most smartphones can producing volumes of up to about 120 decibels? Above ..."85 decibels, the threat to hearing rises and after two hours of listening to a device at 91 dB the…Continue

Tags: widespread hearing loss, smartphone volume

Interest in high school predicts higher income

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Grinning Cat Oct 31, 2019. 1 Reply

You might want to share this with your high school age kids. Even poor kids who aren't the brightest will earned more and have more prestigious jobs, if they maintain interest in high school and are…Continue

Tags: interest in high school, responsible student

Toddlers at risk of obesity from smokers

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Grinning Cat Aug 17, 2019. 1 Reply

Second hand smoke likely to make toddlers obese.…Continue

Tags: second hand smoke harm, obese toddlers, smoking moms

Baby Food Alert

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Chris Dec 5, 2018. 1 Reply

Heavy Metals in Baby Food: What You Need to KnowAlarming levels of heavy metals…Continue

Tags: dangerous baby food

Pre-conception Air Pollution Harms Kids Hearts Later

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Dec 5, 2018. 0 Replies

Experiments in mice found that parent's exposure to dirty air before mating impacted offspring health. Avoid air pollution for your health now and your kid's heart health decades later.…Continue

Tags: children's health, particulate air pollution, heart health

Chat with your babes

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Grinning Cat Sep 15, 2018. 1 Reply

 "...frequent chatting with toddlers accounted for up to 27 per cent of their higher performance in verbal comprehension a decade later,..."Taking turns in conversation stimulates verbal…Continue

Tags: taking turns, conversations with toddlers

Beware Fake Kids' Videos

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Grinning Cat Jan 4, 2018. 1 Reply

Familiar characters from legitimate kids videos are being mimicked, and linked as suggestions from the legitimate videos. It's one of many abuses mentioned in…Continue

Tags: fake kids videos, inappropriate kids YouTube videos

Protect your Fetus

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Nov 15, 2017. 0 Replies

Global birth season study links environment with disease riskEnvironmental factors like air pollution and…Continue

Tags: fetal health, air pollution

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Comment by Grinning Cat on March 4, 2020 at 10:42am

As I was looking for something else, I found Joan Denoo's comment a few years ago about inspiring non-theistic songs for kids (and older folks), and thought it's worth sharing again, especially the videos of Monty Harper's songs:

I asked on the Humanist site for some non-theistic music and here are the suggestions so far:

Terry Groff, thanks for "Imagine!"

mojo5501 "We are all Made of Stars" by Moby, thanks.

GBM Harper, Thanks for "Imagine", "Roundy Round" and

I think we can do better than Tim Hawkins' offerings. I love "Imagine"

Oh! I like these for children. they don't put down religions, it affirms dreams, imagination and exploration


Comment by Tom Sarbeck on August 24, 2019 at 7:07pm

Who hasn’t met people who lack social skills?

Among the terms we use are geeks, loners, nerds, social retards. They probably associated with others less, perhaps due to shyness or because they liked other activities more.

In 9th and 10th grades I was in a boys-only school with about 2000 students and had a lot of choices. In 11th and 12th grades I was in a school with about 60 boys who talked about cars and sports. I liked science and did a lot of reading.

Comment by Andrea Quinn on August 24, 2019 at 4:46pm

I read another study that show social skills suffer from too much screen time.

Comment by Chris on December 5, 2018 at 11:56pm

One of the best stories I heard which was from some commedian is that he had a young girl that he wanted to make into a tomboy.

Obviously he was a single parent  (I hate that term - maybe a father raising his dauthter absent the mother - without any support) - anyway he purchased his daughter three trucks with as a christmas, or some other set of presents.

He said he watched his daugher play with the trucks.  To his amasement his daughter played with the trucks.

As she drove them up to him she said "This is the Daddy truck" as she pushed one towards him, 

"This is the Mommy truck",as she pushed another towards him, last of course not least she said

"This is the Baby truck."

Comment by Chris on December 5, 2018 at 11:44pm

Some may not know that at in the late 1800-early 1900's that pink was the designated color for boys.

Many may not also know during that time period  and before all youngsters and toddlers wore dresses - probably to make cleaning them easy.  In humor - wash them off with a hose after they deficate.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on January 25, 2017 at 12:41pm

Interesting baby feeding story and pic, thanks Joan.

Comment by Grinning Cat on August 19, 2015 at 10:26pm

You're right, "embiggen" is a perfectly cromulent word.

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 18, 2015 at 12:21pm

Grin, I'm OK with either word, but I wonder why you've stopped using the work embiggen.

Comment by Grinning Cat on August 18, 2015 at 8:53am

Billboard: “The Greatest Lie Ever Told is that Vaccines Save Lives & Prevent Disease. Prove It or Repeal the Law! / Paid for by the Anti Vaccination League of America & Friends / Jim O’Kelly 219-508-5597” / Graffiti over the line “Prove It...!”: “GOT POLIO?” / Caption: “WE’RE NOT NORMALLY IN FAVOUR OF VANDALISM, BUT ... / WELL SPRAYED, SIR, WELL SPRAYED.”(click to enlarge)

(from the blog Just an Earth-Bound Misfit)

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 11, 2015 at 3:37pm

Interesting and funny story Joan.


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