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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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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.

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-Dawn K

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 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)

Comment by Grinning Cat on June 10, 2014 at 11:09am

Not grinning over this:

Hawaii will require parents to opt-in to sex education for their middle schoolers. This resulted from a campaign by a Republican state representative to eliminate the program; he objected that it was "normalizing" homosexuality.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on April 14, 2014 at 6:46pm

Comment by Grinning Cat on April 4, 2014 at 10:34pm

Someone painted their car with chalkboard paint so kids can draw on it! Across the top it says "It's ok to draw on car."

(from 35 Pictures That Prove The World Isn’t Such A Bad Place)

Comment by Grinning Cat on April 4, 2014 at 10:34pm

Andrew, I think you handled it very well!

Comment by Andrew Hall on December 17, 2013 at 4:50am

The video below I made when my 11 year old boy and I were talking about academic honesty. 

Comment by Andrew Hall on December 17, 2013 at 4:49am

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 31, 2013 at 1:34am

JS, I agree, there are materials developed for Sunday School and home schooling that is religion based and not something that I want to teach my great-grandchildren. Here is some basic information:

Science skills for kids: 5-6


A five-year old is able to understand patterns of life, i.e. seasons of planting, growing, harvesting, preserving foods for winter.  Growing a garden is the obvious practical project. 
Or, learning patterns of stars by seasons. There are times to see different stars and constellations. Good sources include:

National Geographic Kids First Big Book of Space (First Big Books) ...

Color patterns intrigue small children. You might try:

ABCya.c=h

There should be more, and I will look tomorrow.

 

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