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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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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.

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-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 July 7, 2010 at 12:29pm
My 8 year old saddles up to the bar while we're waiting for our table at a restaurant.

http://laughinginpurgatory.blogspot.com/2010/07/my-boys-first-trip-...
Comment by Dejah Thoris on June 29, 2010 at 10:32am
I'm so glad I don't have to worry about that with my family. I can just imagine the stress.
Comment by Dejah Thoris on June 29, 2010 at 6:48am
Great anecdote, Andrew. Thanks for sharing.
Comment by Andrew Hall on May 24, 2010 at 4:36pm
I just had a discussion about brain function with my 5 and 8 year old.
http://laughinginpurgatory.blogspot.com/2010/05/talk-about-brain-fu...
Comment by Tabi on May 16, 2010 at 7:35pm
Bryan- I dont know how it went, Im not sure if they even went through with it. I told my daughter to speak up if she wanted to do it or not.... But now her step mom got me to go to a play, which she said it would just be a concert, and it was about how to teach children to convert atheists, and how to deal with them!! What a punch in the stomach!!!
Comment by GBM Harper on May 13, 2010 at 3:35pm
Hi Erika,
Go for it! If you haven't found it yet, check out Foundation Beyond Belief's Yahoo group - specifically set up to support people who want to start local secular parenting and family groups.
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/foundationbeyondbelief/
Comment by Erika S on May 13, 2010 at 3:01pm
Hello,
My name is Erika- I have two daughters ages 2.5 and 4 months. Just yesterday I started looking for athiest parenting resources online- it was prompted by being invited to a MOPS meeting, which I had no idea was a Christian organization. Needless to say, I suffered through it- and really got to thinking about what myself and my children will do for socialization that doesn't include a church community. I am seriously considering starting a Freethinking Moms group in my area where like minded individuals can speak freely about their "non" belief- and of course other parenting issues like potty training etc.
Comment by Bryanderthal on May 5, 2010 at 3:46pm
Tabi - I was baptized three times (Baptist), my wife once (Cath) and my son once (Cath). We're all doing just fine! How did it go?
Comment by It's just Matt on April 30, 2010 at 9:08am
"How Breastfeeding Benefits Mothers' Health
Feeding infants with breast milk has been shown to improve baby health and even IQ, but the benefits of breastfeeding also appear to stay with mothers for years to come, lowering risks of cardiovascular disease and cancer"

http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=breastfeeding-bene...
Comment by Wendy on April 26, 2010 at 5:54am
forced by who? An ex? A grandparent? My first inclination is "oh helllllllllllls no" but I don't know the situation completely
 

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