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

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Comment by LauraP on February 10, 2011 at 6:27am
There is the joke/truism:
What do you call an Atheist with children? Unitarian Universalist.
Comment by Wes Saunders on February 9, 2011 at 11:23pm

That sounds REALLY great. My two girls aren't into science all that much and I would love to find something that they would find interesting and educational as well. I think the wife and I might have to look into that. Thanks to everyone for comments and ideas. I really appreciate it. Scratch that... We BOTH really appreciate it.

Comment by Michelle on February 9, 2011 at 8:20pm

I never thought we would enjoy a UU church but my son gets a better science education in Sunday school than approximately 72% of U.S. public school kids.  His first class was about the big bang theory and expansion/contraction then last week they had him bring his evolution time line and creature cards from Charlie's Playhouse.  

All UU congregations are different, we lucked into a really great one, but we checked it out on-line first too.

Comment by LauraP on February 9, 2011 at 6:40pm
There is a Unitarian Universalist church in your area. You might want to check that out. I'd say go a few times without your kids to see if you like it and if they have a good kids program. I'm thinking if you are taking them to a "church" on Sundays, your in-laws might not have as much of a problem. My parents are Atheists and they raised us in the UU church.
Comment by Wes Saunders on February 9, 2011 at 12:13am
Oh yes. My wife and I know all about that shit. Fortunatley, I DONT have the catholic guilt. I'm sorry to say that my wife still feels the twinge from it every once in a while. Thank you for your concern though.
Comment by Wes Saunders on February 6, 2011 at 3:38pm

@ Andrew. Lets just say that If I told them that the girls weren't gonna be going to church anymore. You would be able to cut the tension with a knife from here until they died. It would never be spoken about but there would be alot of passive aggression. I would rather not deal with that.

@ Iva thank you for your reply and yes. the mix isn't quite 50/50 as far as religion and science. Now thankfully, its not creationism or any other ridiculous version of evolution that the churches have created. We pay all the tuition for their school. They've been going there for about four years so they know everyone. They're comfortable there. The classes are very very small. They teach a more advanced curriculem. My 10 y/o daughter in the 4th grade is reading at a 7th grade level. Putting them into a public school is not an option as the schools around here are behind the times and are way too full. My wife and I both agree that we would have to move to a less religious states entirely to get the church away from our babies. Yes, the indoctrination is a constant bear on our family. Thank you thank you thank you for your support and ideas.  

Comment by Michelle on February 6, 2011 at 2:11pm
Under the "helpful items" on the right of this page is a search option.  With key words it might help you get started on some previous discussions.  That is a good way for you to find others in similar situations too.
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.

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