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

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

Protecting oxygen-deprived newborns

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

Cooling protects oxygen-deprived infantsWe always fear our newborn being temporarily deprived…Continue

Tags: birth complications

Breastfeeding moms need 5,000 - 6,000 IU of D per day

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Jun 21, 2014. 0 Replies

Vitamin D and the nursing motherHuman milk, in most nursing mothers, contains very little vitamin D. Infant…Continue

Tags: vitamin D deficiency in babies

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Comment by Bryanderthal on March 31, 2012 at 4:25pm

We like to dig up information about the Spring equinox practices of our ancestors and lament the fact that Christians raped, murdered and kidnapped their culture and stole their lands.

Then we go egg hunting with the kids.

Comment by Skeptical Blogger on March 31, 2012 at 10:46am

My kids are 8 and 5 and they enjoy looking for candy-filled plastic eggs in the back yard.  I don't think they have any idea of the religious aspects of the holiday at this point.  We also don't have any story about an easter bunny.  They wait inside while I go out to hide the treats.  In our family it's more of a, "Look!  Candy!" kind of holiday.  They have a blast and after they've found all the eggs they usually want to hide them for one another and keep the fun going.  I remember enjoying the same thing when I was a kid - it's like an excuse to eat chocolate and play hide and seek.

Comment by Jessica on March 31, 2012 at 9:56am

Thanks for the responses!  I will leave the large magic bunny and zombie jew out of it.  Egg hunts and a basket from me I think will work.  I never believed in the easter bunny it just seemed silly even as a little kid.  Science is always a good idea and that might be a great new tradition!

Comment by Annie Thomas on March 31, 2012 at 9:46am

We try a different egg coloring technique each year, and turn it into a little bit of science discover.  One year, we used fruits and vegetables, and that was really fun.  My favorite was wrapping the eggs in yellow onion skins that had been soaked in hot water.  It made a very mottled looking design on the eggs.  This year we will boil eggs, then crack the shells (but keep them on) and then dye.  When you peel the shells off it should leave a veiny look on the eggs.  I'm with Jennifer H, we've never done a group hunt, but there is something fun about the adults sipping coffee in their pajamas in the backyard while our daughter looks in the bushes and trees for treats.  She's a bit too old for egg hunts now, but I'll still make her an easter basket with some books and candy in it.

Comment by Jennifer Hancock on March 31, 2012 at 8:45am

Kids find out about these holidays - can't keep their existence a secret. We do a small cheap basket every year for him to find. I can't stand the crowds for the egg hunts. Plus, don't want to give my name to the churches hosting them. So ... we just do a basket and he's happy. I never celebrated it as a kid, so wasn't sure how to do it. My son's happy.

Comment by Dawn K on March 31, 2012 at 6:20am

I never wanted to do anything for Easter either but we ended up doing egg hunts because one of the kids had done one at pre-school and wanted to do one at home. No bunny, no baskets...if they ask it's just a fun thing to do to celebrate the change to spring. They rarely ask questions when candy is involved. :)

Comment by Alice on March 30, 2012 at 10:41pm

I just tell my kids that it's Easter and so we get to eat chocolates....  :)

Comment by Annie Thomas on March 30, 2012 at 10:29pm

When my daughter was little, we always had egg hunts.  It was so much fun to go out into the garden to hide the eggs, and then for her to search for them.  We never attached it to anything... it was just a fun little thing to do.  Personally, I look at it as more of a pagan ritual than a christian one, but either way, it was just plain fun.  Whatever you decide to do, I hope you have a good time!

Comment by Jessica on March 30, 2012 at 10:07pm
I despise Easter even before I was an atheist. Now I am a parent and have to decide what to tell my 4 year old about this silly holiday. I don't want to tell him there is a magical bunny leaving him a basket, but I also don't want him to loose a childhood experience. What do you all do/suggest? Thanks
Comment by Michael D. Barton on March 28, 2012 at 1:44pm

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