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 Larian LeQuella on October 12, 2008 at 7:36pm
Comment by Larian LeQuella on October 12, 2008 at 7:35pm
I thought you all would enjoy this blog post: Dr Plait lists a couple more skeptic parenting sites in that blog that you all may find useful.
Comment by Dara on October 1, 2008 at 9:20am
Thanks so much for this group!
Comment by Oprah's Vajayjay on September 29, 2008 at 4:28pm
Thank you, Dawn K! I've taught him to read (by age 3!) and he's really interested in books. We check out books at the library a lot, about sharks, octopuses, orangutans, one animal at a time, you know? :)
Comment by Oprah's Vajayjay on September 29, 2008 at 4:24pm
Come join my new group on Cafe Mom! I'm going to be ripping off a lot of stuff from here, my appologies in advance...

We need all the support we can get, plus CafeMom is a really fun place to meet other moms. Here's the link:
Comment by Dawn K on September 20, 2008 at 10:54am
Hey Jayjay, At your sons age I think exposure to and myth picture books are great. If he's showing interest in planets or dinosaurs yet don't be afraid to start right in on some non-fiction/science books.

I believe on Amazon there are a couple of book lists put together for secular families although they are more for older kids. I'll try to find them and post links.
Comment by Oprah's Vajayjay on September 14, 2008 at 8:27pm
Hey eveyone! I'm new here. I love the booklist and would love to see more suggestions (or pm me) for my 3.5 yr old boy. Looking forward.

Comment by Dawn K on July 31, 2008 at 6:20pm
Glad you like it Undo. It seems like a great group of people posting. Quite diverse also.
Comment by Undo on July 31, 2008 at 11:20am
I like this group. Thanks for starting it!
Comment by Jennie on July 23, 2008 at 11:21pm
On the topic of planned parenthood, this is quite enlightening. It appears that, Bush Administration is taking away more rights of women.

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