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.

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

-Dawn K

Discussion Forum

Encourage adequate sleep if child is obese

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Nov 6. 0 Replies

Meta-analysis finds that children who sleep more are much less likely to be obese. For every additional hour of sleep, the risk of obesity was reduced by 21%.…Continue

Tags: childhood obesity, poor sleep habits

Brain injuries during youth sports can predispose for homelessness

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Oct 9. 1 Reply

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

Belgian river polio contamination

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Sep 24. 0 Replies

If you're in Belgium, take note. Forty five liters of live concentrated polio virus was dumped into the the Lasne and Dyle rivers on September 2nd.…Continue

Tags: GlaxoSmithKline, polio threat

Omega-3 nutrition tied to social/emotional improvements

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner May 15. 0 Replies

Extra Omega-3s for young children significantly reduced depression and antisocial behavior, and even criminal behavior years later. I'd read a British study in which Omega-3 supplements improved the…Continue

Tags: child depression, child aggression, Omega-3 fatty acid

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

Started by Grinning Cat Apr 17. 0 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

Breastfed babies have less colic

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Feb 6. 0 Replies

Babies who were only breastfed had a smoother transition to solid food, in this study.Another breastfeeding…Continue

Tags: colic, breastfeeding

Helping kids handle the transition out of religion

Started by Amy. Last reply by John Hayes Dec 22, 2014. 1 Reply

Hi, I'm new to atheism, and I tried coming out slowly to my 6 year old son, but after his school christmas program, things sort of sped up on the car ride home. He really freaked out when I told him…Continue

Omega 3s during pregnancy diets determine that child's math scores

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Sep 11, 2014. 0 Replies

The current US diet, high in corn and soybean products, harms the brain of your developing fetus. Pregnant women need lots of omega 3's and a lot less omega 6's. Nearly half of the difference in…Continue

Children in megacities get brain damage

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Sep 11, 2014. 0 Replies

Air pollution harmful to young brains, study findsAir pollution in large cities damages children's…Continue

Tags: brain damage, air pollution

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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.

Comment by Micah Oliver on May 16, 2015 at 11:08am
There's a far more effective way to achieve those improvements: fathers.

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