Parenting Little Heathens

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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 as video game addicts

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by James Sep 4. 4 Replies

…your kid’s brain on Minecraft looks like a brain on drugs.…Continue

Tags: video game addiction

Brain injuries during youth sports can predispose for homelessness

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Grinning Cat Jun 8. 3 Replies

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

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

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

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Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on June 12, 2013 at 10:52am

Good quote, Andrew.

Comment by Andrew Hall on May 6, 2013 at 8:34pm

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on March 17, 2013 at 12:46pm

Comment by Grinning Cat on March 1, 2013 at 10:00pm
Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on January 24, 2013 at 12:29am

Lines on the wildifres Down Under, from a poem Orange Haze

Near Dunalley

Grandmother shelters five grandchildren 

under jetty while wildfire roars

 


Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on January 20, 2013 at 11:58am

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on January 18, 2013 at 11:08pm

Joan Denoo shared this viral video in Hang With Friends. You'll enjoy it too.

Utah man's 'I'm a Daddy and I Know It' YouTube video goes viral

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?

 

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