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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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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

Food supply to collapse by 2040

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Concerned parent on Saturday. 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. 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 Jennifer Hancock on January 12, 2013 at 10:47pm

Brenda - there is a possibility they might not try to pray. If they do, simple and kindly tell them, that is not a tradition in their house but they are welcome to pray silently for a moment before things start and then give them their moment and commence with the meal.  Whenever we had people over, my father would say grace "God bread, good meat, good god, let's eat." We weren't religious so we always thought it was pretty funny. I don't remember any of our religious friends objecting.

Comment by Annie Thomas on January 12, 2013 at 9:45pm

Perhaps you could be proactive and tell them about your own pre-meal "tradition"?  I'm not sure what that could be, but perhaps you could come up with something.  I had friends that used to start each meal with everyone telling about their favorite part of the day. It was nice to hear what everyone had done during the day and was a catalyst for dinner conversation.  If they beat you to the punch and mention a prayer, you could say, "Oh, we were excited to share with you our own pre-dinner ritual" or something similar.  Since they are not coming until next week, you could practice with the kids before then. Whatever you do, please let us know how it turns out!  And good luck!

Comment by Brenda on January 12, 2013 at 9:05pm

We have some friends coming for dinner next week. Born-agains. They usually don't preach to us (they know I'm atheist), but when we went their their home for dinner last summer, they had us stand holding hands whhile the host said a blessing for the meal. We were polite and respectful, but I was a bit annoyed, feeling forced to participate in the prayer. Now I fear they will try this IN MY HOME, which I cannot tolerate, especially with my kids there. Is there any polite way to prevent this?

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on November 12, 2012 at 11:35pm

Comment by Shawn Brown on October 18, 2012 at 1:10am

I never lied to my kids about Santa Clause and I wont lie to them about other myths.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on October 3, 2012 at 6:56pm

More real military figures.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on September 30, 2012 at 5:42pm

A real toy soldiers set would look like this.

Comment by Beach Bum on August 21, 2012 at 12:20pm

Happy Birthday, Monty! And thanks for the free music :) I can't wait to check it out!

Comment by Rebekah on August 19, 2012 at 8:45pm
Thanks! I will definitely check out the music, but the amazon link is great and lead to a lot of other good finds especially Dan Barker's works. We had a choose your own ending about the Alamo tonight, but they were asking about Optical Allusions again. The little one is definitely digging the science cartoons.
Comment by GBM Harper on August 19, 2012 at 4:17pm

Hi Rebekah,

I recommend you check out Evolution, by Daniel Loxton

http://www.amazon.com/Evolution-How-Living-Things-Came/dp/1554534305

Also, if I can recommend my own work, Songs From the Science Frontier is a fun way to introduce some science topics: http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/montyharper7

Plus, on Tuesday, which is my birthday, you'll be able to download it for free:

http://montyharper.blogspot.com/

 

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