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

Chat with your babes

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Grinning Cat Sep 15. 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

Baby Food Alert

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Aug 18. 0 Replies

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

Tags: dangerous baby food

Interest in high school predicts higher income

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Feb 27. 0 Replies

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

Beware Fake Kids' Videos

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Grinning Cat Jan 4. 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

Personal Listening Can Deafen Your Child

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Dec 17, 2017. 0 Replies

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

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

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

Started by Grinning Cat. Last reply by Tom Sarbeck Nov 6, 2017. 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, 2017. 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

Don't let teens mix alcohol and caffeine

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner May 14, 2017. 0 Replies


Tags: drug addiction

Some antibiotics increase miscarriage risk

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner May 1, 2017. 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

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Comment by Dawn K on July 10, 2012 at 7:59am

Welcome Destiny. Feel free to ask any specific questions you have in the discussion forum. If you haven't already, look for the resources list up at the top - there are lots of books but most should be available at libraries assuming you have a good system.

Comment by Destiny Tripp on July 9, 2012 at 10:58pm
Hello, my name is Destiny, and I am a proud parent of an up and coming free thinker. I just joined, and I am looking forward to having somewhere to go to where there are more people like myself! I married the only other free thinker I have ever known, and although I do love him, I am excited to meet other atheists, other mothers in particular. So, with that being said, I am seeking advice from other atheist parents on things such as explaining religion, how to teach my child to handle herself in the situations we as atheists find ourselves in, and how as a parent I should help her understand how incredible it is to to be a free thinker, even if it means we are different. I would LOVE to hear from people who were raised atheist, your experimces and advice! Any helpful resources are appreciated, but honestly I dont have a great book budget at the can download most anything, such a childrens shows that promote free thinking. I myself carry great advice for teching your toddler to read, and I will eventually post a video on that! I am interested in any early child education advice really, and even some potty training tips would be great! Thanx guys!
Comment by AgeOfAtheists14 on May 29, 2012 at 9:59am

jesus.. ha.. pffffft

Comment by AgeOfAtheists14 on May 29, 2012 at 9:59am

Bumper sticker... "was jesus a bigot like mom and dad?"
ohhhh the pain.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on May 11, 2012 at 2:32pm

A video for the kids.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on May 3, 2012 at 8:08pm

Hey McGuyver, misplaced your highchair?

Comment by Anders Juhl Jensen on March 31, 2012 at 7:06pm

I live in the Philippines and here they don't do Easter as you do in America. They have drunk guys whipping themselves to blood and nailing themselves to planks and other funstuff.

For the easter egg hunt. I don't think it's a tradition here, but the malls have them. Never saw anything about the egg laying rabbit.


We also don't have springtime.


Well if I lived in America, then my approach to this would be. Engage with the kids in arts and craft activities to make colourfull eggs and then play hide and seek with them.


I would then say this is an old tradition to celebrate the spring. It's the time of year when plants will sprout, bloom, germinate, produce pollen. The animals wil mate, produce sperm and eggs. The farmers that produces our food will also sow the seeds and toil the soil to increase its fertility.


That's why we have the tradition is to play with eggs to celebrate the fertility of life at springtime. Then hopefully the kid will ask what is seeds, fruits, to mate, sperm, eggs, fertility etc.

While we do our egg artwork or proceed to do spring gardening or a walk in the forest, we can talk about these topics.

Comment by Christian J Brooks on March 31, 2012 at 5:47pm

I think so much of religion has been washed out of the way many celebrate Easter in America, that there's real no need to worry about those uncomfortable topics.  Decorating eggs, bunnies, even the word Easter: they're all pagan.  The Christians and their palms will be far away from your back yard.

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.


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