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.

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-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 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:


There should be more, and I will look tomorrow.

Comment by J S on July 30, 2013 at 10:01pm

Anybody know of a good, concise video series (youtube, netflix or otherwise) that explains cosmology/origin of the universe/planets well for a 5 year old?

The factual stuff is a bit too advanced and all of the kids stuff I seem to find are just thinly veiled creationist piles of cow dung.



Comment by Grinning Cat on July 8, 2013 at 2:35pm

Amelia at HuffPost: "10 ways to support your gay kid, whether you know you have one or not" (or even if it turns out you don't: "And if your kid is straight, you've taught them great lessons about equality. There's no harm. After all, our kids our going to be who they are. Nothing you do or say can change that. But as parents, we can affect the way our children see themselves. I want my kids to know they are amazing.")

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on June 18, 2013 at 4:33pm


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