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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

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 Vanessa on April 28, 2011 at 4:05pm
Mine was born too, on a Fri. the 13th. Plus, I married his dad on Apr. Fool's Day. We're no longer married. It really was a joke on me.
Comment by Janine S. on April 28, 2011 at 3:57pm
Egan - I'm not sure what you are expecting. For one, insinuating that the world would be better off if our children weren't in it isn't going to get you very far. We've made a decision to bring children into this world. I'm sorry that you disagree, but it doesn't affect my decision.

As for your parenting advice, I too knew everything that there was to know about parenting. And then I had children. You won't get a lot of back-patting about your theories on these parents that you have a passing experience with. When you have kids you learn that it isn't quite so easy. I no longer wax poetic about those evil parents who are destroying our youth with their inferior parenting skills. I now know that every child is different. I know now that sometimes parents are parenting in a way I might not because it is what works for their child. I now know children with special needs for whom all those "tried and true" parenting methods have to be thrown out the window. I now know that *gasp* there is a time in a child's life where they are incapable of reasoning and where further explanation only serves to infuriate them. Children are different than adults and we must treat them in an age-appropriate manner. In short, I no longer look in disgust at some parent whose child is throwing a tantrum. I now have compassion and understanding. I know that for the majority of us we are succeeding in parenting wonderful children despite the parenting books and not because of them.
Comment by Dawn K on April 28, 2011 at 3:30pm
I hope she has an easy delivery! Congrats a bit early!
Comment by Dawn K on April 28, 2011 at 3:27pm
I know, I know. And now my kids are arguing so I'm in no mood to be nice anymore. :)
Comment by Dawn K on April 28, 2011 at 3:24pm
Well, then you already have me confused. "I don't have any kids and I never will" does not sound like a person who intends to raise a child.

Beyond that, if you truly want a discussion you can try posting your points in the discussion board and not the comment wall. Please be sure to read our posting guidelines.
Comment by Dawn K on April 28, 2011 at 2:58pm

No John, you have not. Sometimes too nice I think, although in this case I prefer diplomatic. :)

I suppose everyone deserves the benefit of the doubt. Once. 

Comment by Dawn K on April 28, 2011 at 2:47pm

Okay, I'll bite. If you haven't already found it, there is a "Child-free by choice" group here that you might be interested in. I appreciate that you know yourself well enough to be able to make that decision at young age. Some people unfortunately don't realize that until they already have children. So kudos. As for your comments: 

 

1. Choice? We're all irrational about something? How about we let each person make their own decision and leave it at that.

 

2. I agree with you on this point. Children are people and deserve to be treated with respect. Of course that doesn't mean we treat them as fully grown adults. Having said that, I'll add that it's awfully easy to have opinions about raising children when you don't have any.

Comment by Janine S. on April 28, 2011 at 2:31pm
Don't ask me. I can't hear a thing above all these kids shouting and running around like maniacs.
Comment by Amber Bruder on April 13, 2011 at 9:50pm
I have recently came across a great parenting book. Love and Anger The Parental Dilemma. It has no mention of religion so I think it is a great find. It has helped me with some of my anger issues that where instilled in me as a child. I have grew a better understanding for my own children's anger as well.
Comment by AgeOfAtheists14 on April 2, 2011 at 8:39am
@felonious; You are right and at the right age that's ideal stuff the TMBG. As for ABC's n 123's maybe
starfall.com is not too shabby
 

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