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

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 Andrew Hall on February 6, 2011 at 8:29am
@ Wes - Saying that they insist sounds like what they are doing is demanding.
Comment by Dawn K on February 6, 2011 at 8:27am

Welcome Angie and Wes. I'm glad the resources links are helpful. If at any time you find something to add feel free to let me know.

Wes, I'm sure other members have had similar issues. You could look through older posts in the discussion section or post a new question for discussion. 

Comment by Wes Saunders on February 6, 2011 at 2:58am
I have an interesting family diversity. My wife and I just recently became, what I guess you would call "practicing atheists". We married 3 years ago and we now live in Longview, TX with our two daughters (from her previous marriage) and our little boy. We were both active duty soldiers for the U.S. Army for four years and during that time, our two daughters lived with her parents here in Longview while we served. 3 am wake ups are exactly good for two little girls. Anyway, while they were living in Longview with her parents, which by the way are very devout catholics, they were and still are now enrolled in one of the local catholic schools here. Its a great school, small classes and from what I've seen, they DO teach science among other subjects. Her parents know that we are not religous and insist on taking the girls to church EVERY sunday. I must say that its really starting to bother me. I guess thats what brings me to this group. I want my children to be right minded freethinkers. I just dont know what I can do to get them away from all of this religion while keeping the in laws somewhat happy. I honestly dont see it being possible. Any comments would be most welcome.
Comment by Angie on February 5, 2011 at 11:06am
I am so grateful that I found this group! The resource links have been wonderful. I am expecting my first little one in two months and look forward to learning from the community here. :) Thanks for sharing your knowledge and experience!
Comment by Dawn K on February 5, 2011 at 9:31am
Welcome Iva. Your blog looks great!
Comment by AgeOfAtheists14 on February 2, 2011 at 12:22pm
Comment by Dawn K on January 17, 2011 at 11:01am
Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that - MLK
Comment by Michelle on January 4, 2011 at 10:50am
Congratulations §kürrý may his noodley rain marinara upon you.
Comment by Michelle on January 4, 2011 at 10:47am
Bad John D. Bad, you know that is spoiling for a big nasty fight.
Comment by AgeOfAtheists14 on December 25, 2010 at 9:00pm

If the youth wonder why and how such weird people are or how they became check this out:


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