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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Welcome to Parenting Little Heathens

Hi moms and dads. Welcome to the parenting without religion group here at A|N. Please feel free to post an introduction, tell us about yourself or if you'd rather not, just jump right into any discussion.

Before you get started I would like you to be familiar with our Posting Rules and Guidelines. This will help clarify what this group is and what topics are appropriate or inappropriate.

Also, you might be interested in our list of atheist related parenting resources list. This is a work in progress, if you've found something you think is a good fit please post a reply and I'll see about adding it.

If at any time you would like to contact me, the easiest way is to send a private message through my page. However, in order to send any member a PM you must first be their friend.

Thank you for joining the group, I hope you enjoy being here.

-Dawn K

Discussion Forum

Protect your Fetus

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Nov 15. 0 Replies

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

Tags: fetal health, air pollution

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

Started by Grinning Cat. Last reply by Tom Sarbeck Nov 6. 4 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

Avoid air pollution when pregnant

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Oct 18. 0 Replies

If you have heavy particulate matter exposure during pregnancy, your baby could be born with 13.2% shorter telomeres. This translates into a shorter life expectancy.According to the study of 641…Continue

Tags: fine particulate matter, telomeres, life expectancy

Some antibiotics increase miscarriage risk

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner May 1. 0 Replies

Use of certain antibiotics early in pregnancy is associated with an increased risk for spontaneous abortion, the authors of a new study report.Macrolides (except erythromycin), quinolones,…Continue

Tags: antibiotics, miscarriage

ExxonMobil likes unsafe toys

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Dec 22, 2016. 0 Replies

Toys like these still have…Continue

Tags: ExxonMobil, toys, children's health, dangerous chemicals, phthalates

Kids as video game addicts

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by James Sep 4, 2016. 4 Replies

…your kid’s brain on Minecraft looks like a brain on drugs.…Continue

Tags: video game addiction

Brain injuries during youth sports can predispose for homelessness

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Grinning Cat Jun 8, 2016. 3 Replies

A traumatic brain injury sustained in childhood or early teenage years could predispose someone to homelessness as an adult.Dr. Topolovec-Vranic looked at data on 111 homeless men aged 27 to 81 years…Continue

Tags: homeless, childhood brain injury

Kids Eat Less, Still Gain Weight

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Loren Miller Apr 28, 2016. 1 Reply

Here's Why Kids Are Still Getting More ObeseIf your kids are overweight,…Continue

Tags: causes, childhood obesity

Pollution kills more than a quarter of babes under five

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Mar 18, 2016. 0 Replies

More than a quarter of all children who die before five are killed by pollution!... deaths that year could be attributed to toxic environments. The causes ranged from air, water, and soil…Continue

Tags: child mortality, pollution

How to soothe crying baby

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Joan Denoo Feb 1, 2016. 2 Replies

Pediatrician Dr. Robert Hamilton shares a secret of the trade in how to calm a crying baby.Continue

Tags: to stop a crying babe

Comment Wall


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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.

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 11, 2015 at 3:30pm

Ruth, seeing the baby reject a taste and trying to sneak in a spoonful, reminded me of when my three babies were little. Cary was only five months and 13 days older than Craig and Laura. I had three highchairs and fed them from the same bowl with one spoon. Somewhere in our photos we have a picture of the three of them with mouths wide open, waiting for the next spoonful of nourishment. If one didn't like something, all three of them didn't like it. If one liked it, I couldn't shovel the spoons fast enough. 

Comment by Grinning Cat on August 11, 2015 at 3:18pm

How to tell if a toy is for boys or girls [flowchart] / Do you operate the toy with your genitalia? / [if yes] It is not for children. / [if no] It is for either boys or girls. / original version via ( / updated version (

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on August 10, 2015 at 3:39pm

from cheezburger

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 25, 2015 at 11:34am

Thanks, Ruth. Bill Nye says it like it is. 

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on June 25, 2015 at 11:21am

Here's a cute little video about climate change for youngsters.


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