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 Jennifer Hancock on September 19, 2011 at 3:00pm

He Nerd - just showed my son that fossil. He got really excited and says he has plans to dig up the bow of a pirate ship he is convinced is buried in our backyard. He does plan to donate it to our local museum. LOL

 

Comment by James Marso on September 14, 2011 at 1:41pm

I was pleased to read about how the US Court of Appeals ordered a local teacher in my area to remove two large banners in his classroom that made religious references.  Stuff like this does not belong in public schools - this is a win for the separation of church and state.

 

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/44511227/ns/local_news-san_diego_ca/

 

Comment by AgeOfAtheists14 on September 13, 2011 at 4:02pm
Comment by Alice on September 13, 2011 at 6:43am
Brenda - I am so with you on this - all around me - I have friends who I respect and believe to be very intelligent - and yet they hold onto this supernatural thinking.........  humans!  It's cause and effect - they haven't yet had the cause to think rationally - and will the causal web of all things get to them or not?  Thinking of evolution - rationality isn't nessisarily the thing that we all need to breed.... if you know what I mean - causal factors aren't going to get us all there...  perhaps ever
Comment by Phil on September 12, 2011 at 11:05pm

I think for most people, religion has more to do with feelings than analysis. Most people have religion drilled into them from such a young age that it becomes part of their emotional foundation. Losing the certainty that belief in god seems to provide is a very frightening prospect. It means there's no higher power steering the ship, and in times of distress that can feel overwhelming. Hence, even some remarkably bright people can still cling to faith out of emotional need.

 

I still haven't figured out what makes some people have an easier time listening to their doubts. I don't consider myself particularly tough, so I don't think it was some impressive degree of courage that made me give up religion. I think maybe I just didn't get enough of a sense of peace from religion, so I wasn't so vested in sticking with it at all costs.

Comment by Brenda on September 12, 2011 at 10:35pm
I don't get it. I'm just average; hard working but not terribly bright. It amazes me that people who are way smarter than me, scientists even, are theist. People I really respect and admire cannot accept evidence of evolution or dinosaurs because of their faith. I just don't get it.
Comment by atheistscot on August 23, 2011 at 4:18am

Thanks for the welcome, Melody.

I wasn't raised as an atheist by my family. It seems I was born an atheist, or became one very early in life. I was curious to see how my son's beliefs would develop growing up with two atheist parents. I have tried to keep the issue low key and not tell him what to believe or not believe. I want him to grow into a young man with a rational, enquiring mind who reads widely and makes his own decisions about his beliefs. I agree with Richard Dawkins' view that it's incorrect to refer to a young child as a Christian/Muslim/Hindu child - he or she is the child of Christian/Muslim/Hindu parents.

My son attends our local school. They have visits from the local Church of Scotland minister, an annual nativity play, easter services, etc. They are also taught about other faiths. He would occasionally come home and repeat bible stories he'd heard at school, but as he talked about the characters and storylines in The Simpsons with the same seriousness, I wasn't too worried. It became apparent that he saw them for what they were - stories.

Of course, over the years he has been soaking up the sceptical, religion-free atmosphere at home, even just overhearing his father and I talking. He tells me now, at the age of ten, quite emphatically, that he is an atheist and doesn't believe there is a god or any sort of afterlife. 

Comment by Ava Wilson on August 22, 2011 at 7:32pm
I have a two year old. She's not old enough to understand any of this, but I have a feeling she will grow up as secular-minded as I did.
Comment by Melody Mitchell on August 22, 2011 at 7:51am
Welcome aboard, Donna!
Comment by atheistscot on August 22, 2011 at 4:04am
Hi, my name is Donna, I'm new to Atheist Nexus and this is the first group I've joined. I'm the mother of a ten year old boy and have been married for 17 years to a fellow atheist.
 

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