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

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 Jennifer spinney gutierrez on April 15, 2009 at 12:25am
I definitely think that comparative mythology is a great tool for developing skeptical thinking tools in young children. I remember being fascinated as a child by creation and afterlife myths from different cultures, and it didn't take me long to figure out that if those stories were myths then perhaps the bible stories that my parents presented to me as fact were indeed nothing more than fairy tales. As much as I hate the idea of reading those stories to my kids, it may be the best way to arm them against the attempts of some of our Christian friends and family to "save them" from our godless state.

We do our best to put the focus on science. It's easy and fun! Kids have a natural curiosity about science so it's a natural "substitute". For church in our family. Living in Vancouver we have lots of resources available to us; science world, the Vancouver aquarium, Seattle science museum is close by as well.

I have a great book called 100 science experiments to do with kids that I got through usborne books, of all places and I refer to it quite a bit as well. It's spring, so try sprouting beans or seeds, bug collecting, rain meters, etc.
Comment by Paul O'Brien on March 11, 2009 at 9:36am
Check out and add this web as it has helped Atheist parenting a lot

Also check out this web on the advantages of Atheist Parenting, I hope you add it
Comment by Bill E on January 27, 2009 at 10:46pm
I'm 47 and have two daughters under 3, one in Montessori. I'm particularly interested in avoiding the spreading of superstition such as organized religion to children who are too young to comprehend it fully. But I realize that exposure is inevitable. So I'll be reading a lot of these discussion threads (and I already have close nonreligious friends giving me advice as well).
Comment by Amy on January 20, 2009 at 9:30pm
Hi all! I'm 28 years old and mom to a beautiful two-year-old named Mackenzie. I live in St. Louis, Missouri and am new to the Nexus and to this group.

I am planning on telling my daughter something similar to what you're saying. That some people believe in stories that mommy and daddy don't believe in. If she asks me why they believe those things I'll be at a loss though because my initial inclination would be to say negative things, but I want to teach her tolerance. Luckily she's only 2 so I have time to figure it out!
Comment by GibMan on January 20, 2009 at 10:33am
Hello, I'm glad to have found this group! I'm really interested in how experienced atheist parents teach their children. Live in Sweden I come from Gibraltar (culturally catholic) but my fiancée and daughter are Swedes and born in Sweden. We are an atheist family and proud of it. Luckily Sweden is a very secular country. But my daughter who's 8 sometime asks me about God and Jesus and stuff, I usually answer somewhere along the lines that people believe in fairy tales and think that the fairy tales are for real. Don't know how else to answer really or haven't given it much thought. Any tips or ideas?
Comment by Heather The Heathen on December 31, 2008 at 11:33am
Hi moms and dads! I just thought i'd pop in and introduce myself. I'm Heather (duh), 28, a mom to a 9 yr old, 7 yr old, and 10 month old. Born and raised in the heart of the bible belt, on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, moved to South Carolina (still bible belt, but a little more comfortable) in 2005. Anybody near me? Always nice to find other atheist couples and/or parents to hang with, since in this area they are kinda hard to come by! =)
Comment by MKM on December 22, 2008 at 2:44am
Hi,One reason that i think should be translations of the current information avairable in our native langauges to help kids
Comment by Lacy on November 24, 2008 at 5:44pm
Sorry, I'm nowhere near Oregon. I'm stuck down here in Kentucky
Comment by dolo724 on November 16, 2008 at 12:47am
oh, btw: atheistmoms, the link.
Comment by dolo724 on November 16, 2008 at 12:45am
For moms only is my DW's Yahoo! group, AtheistMoms. It's been around since 2000 and is fairly active. I don't read it, too much mom stuff for me to deal with.

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