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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.

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-Dawn K

Discussion Forum

Some antibiotics increase miscarriage risk

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner May 1. 0 Replies

Use of certain antibiotics early in pregnancy is associated with an increased risk for spontaneous abortion, the authors of a new study report.Macrolides (except erythromycin), quinolones,…Continue

Tags: antibiotics, miscarriage

ExxonMobil likes unsafe toys

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Dec 22, 2016. 0 Replies

Toys like these still have…Continue

Tags: ExxonMobil, toys, children's health, dangerous chemicals, phthalates

Kids as video game addicts

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by James Sep 4, 2016. 4 Replies

…your kid’s brain on Minecraft looks like a brain on drugs.…Continue

Tags: video game addiction

Brain injuries during youth sports can predispose for homelessness

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Grinning Cat Jun 8, 2016. 3 Replies

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

Kids Eat Less, Still Gain Weight

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Loren Miller Apr 28, 2016. 1 Reply

Here's Why Kids Are Still Getting More ObeseIf your kids are overweight,…Continue

Tags: causes, childhood obesity

Pollution kills more than a quarter of babes under five

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Mar 18, 2016. 0 Replies

More than a quarter of all children who die before five are killed by pollution!... deaths that year could be attributed to toxic environments. The causes ranged from air, water, and soil…Continue

Tags: child mortality, pollution

How to soothe crying baby

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Joan Denoo Feb 1, 2016. 2 Replies

Pediatrician Dr. Robert Hamilton shares a secret of the trade in how to calm a crying baby.Continue

Tags: to stop a crying babe

Encourage adequate sleep if child is obese

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Nov 6, 2015. 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

Belgian river polio contamination

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Sep 24, 2015. 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

Food supply to collapse by 2040

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Concerned parent Jul 24, 2015. 2 Replies

New Research…Continue

Tags: stop TPP, mass starvation by 2040

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Comment by Bimmerella on June 14, 2009 at 9:58pm
I live in the Bible Belt, and I was raised Catholic. I remember sitting in church asking myself..."do people really believe this crap?" Fiery hell pits, the devil, pillars of salt...bleh bleh...I couldn't believe that my parents, my grand parents, actually bought into this mess. Then there was Catechism. I was a nightmare student. I asked all the questions no one could answer, and then I was told to leave after I refused to accept that I should just have faith.
My child is not going to suffer that injustice. If he has questions, he will be able to ask them. I'm NEVER going to accept my child throwing away his logic! I'm never going to accept anyone telling my child he will go to hell if he questions certain things. My response to him, is that the Church tried to stop Copernicus from asking how the solar system works, they even jailed him when he figured out the Sun was the center of the solar system. They said it went against the bible. I then asked my child who was right?
These are the things I want him to think about when being bullied by fundies!
I think he has a good head on his shoulders. I had the pleasure of taking him to the National Young Scholars Program in Washington DC last year, and he met other children who also were from families of intellectuals and non believers. He was so excited to meet people like him, it was nice for him to affirm there were others like us. I am glad I found this forum. It's nice to see other rational people using logic to raise their children to be intellectuals, thinkers, and problem solvers. Rock on!
Comment by Angie Jackson on June 12, 2009 at 2:54pm
I went to charismatic churches, which are supposed to be more "lively". But week after week of seeing the same women run around in circles, fall down "in the spirit" and scream.. it just gets old. Plus, Mass is only an hour, whereas our services were often 3-4 hours long. The most mainline churches I went to still had at least a 2 hour service.
Comment by Jake kerr on June 12, 2009 at 10:37am
12 years of Catholic School here. Church really helped my imagination a lot. I distinctly remember an elaborate tale I wove about robbers sealing off the church and attempting to rob it during services, and I was a superhero that used Kung Fu to defeat them, including swinging from chandolier to chandolier. It made that hour fly by.
Comment by Dawn K on June 12, 2009 at 9:04am
I guess that boy doesn't go to one of the 'fun' churches. I remember feeling exactly the same way during Catholic mass. "God Almighty, why does this have to be so boring".
Comment by Angie Jackson on June 11, 2009 at 6:25pm
@Jake - Church IS boring. Glad to hear your girls are getting balance and the ability to make their own age-appropriate choices :)
Comment by Jake kerr on June 11, 2009 at 4:23pm
Some background: I have three girls, aged 12, 7, and 5. We are raising them as critical thinkers and are not pushing them away from religious so much as to be rational. As a result, we have no problem if they ask about religions and a desire to visit a church or synagogue.

They go to a Montessori school, which is not religious-based but obviously has plenty of religious families. One day my seven year old was telling me about a boy in her class that goes to church, and she asked me if she could go to church with one of the boys in her class. My wife and I were like, "Sure, no problem."

So she comes home from school the next day, and she says, "I asked Ethan about going to church with him, and he said I would hate it because church is so boring." She hasn't brought it up again. :)
Comment by Dawn K on June 10, 2009 at 1:21pm
Welcome Kat and Jake! It's always nice to meet new parents.
Comment by Kat Lollar on June 10, 2009 at 12:43pm
I just joined this site and group. Very excited to meet other athiests, since I live in a terribly Christian area. I have a 3 year old daughter and a 1 year old son. It's great to know there are other parents out there like me!
Comment by Jake kerr on June 10, 2009 at 12:30pm
Raising three heathen daughters. I have plenty of humorous "atheist kids in Texas" stories to draw on. :)
Comment by Angie Jackson on June 5, 2009 at 5:49pm
I just needed a couple days to chill and snuggle with my little guy. We spent way too many hours on Starfall.com (check it out for the awesomeness! READING fun)
 

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