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

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

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

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Comment by Jedi Wanderer on April 28, 2011 at 5:15pm
It would seem that my previous comment was directed largely at Egan. However, the rest of you guys should also have suggested this, rather than having it all out here in the public where all 868 members of this group have to listen to it (or at least delete dozens of emails!).
Comment by Jedi Wanderer on April 28, 2011 at 5:13pm
Guys, I just opened my email inbox and it has exploded with mail detailing this entire conversation! In fact the emails are still pouring in. The next time you want to start a discussion on something controversial, can you please do so in a separate topic so every member of this group doesn't have to get a blow-by-blow description of your debate? Thanks.
Comment by James Marso on April 28, 2011 at 4:57pm
Egan, is your shift key broken or do you just have a thing against capital letters which is similar to your distain for parents who have children?
Comment by GBM Harper on April 28, 2011 at 4:56pm
"no amount of politeness is sufficient"? Really??? Did you try ANY amount of politeness before making that claim?
Comment by Jas Brimstone on April 28, 2011 at 4:18pm
I now know that even (possibly especially) a gifted child when overcome with an emotional response to a given situation they do not have the life-experience, cognitive or social skills to deal with, can and will throw a tantrum which no amount of reasoning will stop until it has simply run its course.

I now know that if a parent were to only shop when a child is in a predictable, happy, calm mood... said parent would never leave the house.

I now know that children have emotional responses equivalent to those of an un-medicated manic depressive, only the spaces between manic and depressive can be mere minutes. I further know now that this is not due to bad parenting, but rather to normal (albeit unpredictable) hormonal spikes and drops in a developing human organism.

Oh... I also now know a bit more about Piaget's Theory of Cognitive Development.
Comment by Janine S. on April 28, 2011 at 4:12pm

John - Haha! I'm sorry to hear that you found yourself in the company of pin worms. Parenting is so glamorous, isn't it.


The Nerd - My kiddo too! I see much potential for that in the future.


§kürrý - Congrats!


Comment by Dawn K on April 28, 2011 at 4:10pm
Not the 13th, but my MIL practically begged my husband to change our scheduled section to another "more auspicious" date. Asian numerology.
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!

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