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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

Kids Eat Less, Still Gain Weight

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Loren Miller Apr 28. 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. 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. 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

Encourage adequate sleep if child is obese

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Nov 6, 2015. 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, 2015. 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, 2015. 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

Food supply to collapse by 2040

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Concerned parent Jul 24, 2015. 2 Replies

New Research…Continue

Tags: stop TPP, mass starvation by 2040

Omega-3 nutrition tied to social/emotional improvements

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner May 15, 2015. 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, 2015. 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

Second hand smoke linked to ADHD

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Apr 3, 2015. 0 Replies

Childhood ADHD linked to secondhand smokingChildren exposed to tobacco…Continue

Tags: ADHD, second hand smoke

Breastfed babies have less colic

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Feb 6, 2015. 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

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Comment by Joan Denoo on May 11, 2015 at 6:31pm

Grinning Cat, an excellent idea. Thanks for the lead to Wendy Thomas Russell, "5 Ways to Talk to Your Kids About God".

Comment by Grinning Cat on May 11, 2015 at 4:34pm

A suggestion for preparing kids to understand the concept of belief:

"Try a game called “Fact, Fiction or Belief.” [...] Make statements and have your child label them accordingly. For instance, you might say: “The moon is in the sky.” (Fact!) “You like to eat rocks.” (Fiction!) “Pink is the best of all the colors.” (Belief!)

Remember: don’t try to make things too literal or complicated or to inject actual religious beliefs into your examples...."

(Wendy Thomas Russell, "5 Ways to Talk to Your Kids About God")

Comment by Chris Brockman on February 22, 2015 at 2:27pm


What to Think About:  Philosophy for a Thoughtful Younger Generation, by Chris Brockman is up on Amazon. Brockman uses his own definition of “philosophy” as a “systematic study of who I am, what’s out there, and what should I do about it,“to arrive at suggestions for things to think about.  Each chapter ends with scenarios and questions challenging the reader to think. This book is “written from a humanist perspective,” and may offend some religious sensibilities.  It is recommended for young adults.  Chris Brockman is the author of the classic of religious skepticism for children What about gods?

Comment by Grinning Cat on November 5, 2014 at 3:04pm

What if the "abstinence only" philosophy of sex education applied to other subjects? (click image to enlarge)

(an oldie but goodie from Big Fat Whale, shared by @punkwalrus on Twitter)

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on September 19, 2014 at 11:21pm

Comment by Grinning Cat on September 1, 2014 at 2:04pm

Social class inequalities reproduce themselves (among many other ways!) in how children are taught to handle classroom challenges.

"Not bothering" teachers perpetuates Dominator Culture and class inequality (posted in "Partnership Vision")

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on July 12, 2014 at 9:53pm

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on July 9, 2014 at 10:47pm

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on July 9, 2014 at 10:25pm

Hardball, but true, considering how many children die from others not being vaccinated. On a more gross note...

Comment by Grinning Cat on June 30, 2014 at 2:28pm

"When you refuse to vaccinate your children, you turn them into vectors for scores of lethal diseases, and you turn yourself into a willing bio-terrorist." (The Reprimand Project's Facebook photos)

 

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