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

Comment Wall


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Comment by carl on May 11, 2011 at 1:17am
yes its serious.
Comment by Dawn K on May 3, 2011 at 8:09am

Hey everyone. Just wanted to mention that I will be checking in here only occasionally for a bit. We just bought a house and are busy with the usual tasks home buying entails.

Comment by Alice on April 30, 2011 at 1:25am
Go Egan! : ) I've got 3 of them - and do my best to treat them like people -
Comment by FeloniousD on April 29, 2011 at 7:29am
You guys were soooo right. JohnD, I'm gonna have to get me some of that troll filtering software ;)
Comment by FeloniousD on April 28, 2011 at 7:07pm
@ Beach bum: That may be but anyone who wishes to continue this discussion needs to start a new discussion please. I may join you there.
Comment by Beach Bum on April 28, 2011 at 6:34pm
Though I think Egan lacks diplomacy, he does make valid points. He is being rational. He should have posted a discussion instead of a comment on the wall, but I happen to agree with a lot of what he says. It seems to me that some of the other group members have been disrespectful to him immediately following his first comment and set the tone for the rest of the comments.

Personally, I had biological children for selfish reasons and I am not afraid to stand up and admit that. Though in my defense, my husband and I have two children who will replace us when we die. Maybe not the best justification but better than nothing.
Comment by Jedi Wanderer on April 28, 2011 at 5:29pm
Thanks Dawn! :-)
Comment by Dawn K on April 28, 2011 at 5:27pm

I am sorry Wanderer. 


At this point I politely ask everyone to stop responding to egan here on the comment wall. If he is serious about this discussion he will move it to the discussion area as I asked him to hours ago. 


egan, if you choose to continue in this group you will follow the guidelines. You are engaging in ad hominem attacks and they must stop.


Thank you everyone.

Comment by Vanessa on April 28, 2011 at 5:21pm

I'm really confused as to why you'd want to post on this board in the first place, given your opinions, which you are perfectly allowed to have. Others are allowed to have their opinions also. This particular board is not for your debate on whether or not people should have children. Find another please. I quote from the group guidelines...

"This group exists for the purpose of discussing issues relating to parenting and raising our children. PLH is meant to be a comfortable place that parents of A/N can come to share information, ask for advice, share their child's achievements, or just vent about issues they may be facing in their family."


Who ever is in charge of the group, is there anything that can be done against trolling?

Comment by James Marso on April 28, 2011 at 5:20pm

Here Egan, this might help:


It won't make your arguments any more rational, but at least your text won't appear as juvenile.


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