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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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 Wendy on June 2, 2009 at 9:41am
oh I agree with you on the fact that college does make it easier *eventually* to live your life financially. I take issue with the fact that supposedly anyone and their mother can get a college degree either easily or at all. Most probably can, but there's a HUGE section of our population that cannot due to finances. And for people to say that they're not trying hard enough is insulting
Comment by Wendy on June 2, 2009 at 8:25am
Bryan I think the animosity is that there are people HERE on this thread that are being told basically "uh yeah you just didn't TRY hard enough and you should really stop complaining" aka you're lazy

At least that's how I read it and I'm not even one of those people. I was LUCKY..LUCKY that my parents had the means for my undergrad and I got loans for my graduate work.

And just an aside, NEVER save for your kid's education if you haven't saved for your retirement first. EVER
Comment by Angie Jackson on June 1, 2009 at 7:13pm
Oh my son WILL go to college. And I WILL help him with that. I was kicked out my cult parents home at 17, got a GED and am still trying to do my bachelors with zero help. My son on the other hand already has a savings account and will have me at his back in whatever way he needs me. They're two completely separate issues. I'm not saying HE won't go - I'm saying it may not be feasible for ME to finish, if we can only afford for one of us to go. Yes, college is on hold at the moment. And yes, it is a bit offensive when people who have no idea how hard life can be when you have NO ONE tell you that you just need to "try harder" and "look for resources". I make myself a PEST at every community resource center in my state, at my school, online - you name it. The will is there. Just not the moolah. And those who say it doesn't matter have never been as without money as I have.
Comment by Wendy on June 1, 2009 at 7:04pm
word Robyn....word. My DH worked in the financial aid office when he went to college so he SAW who got approved and who didn't and what the income limits were and such. But ja to say "oh you're just not TRYING hard enough", I call BS.

And to go to school 1 class a semester or something, great long term plan sure, what about the here and now? Trying to raise your children, save for THEIR college (even tho any financial advisor worth their salt will tell you to save for your retirement first).

Anyway, unless YOU have been there and gone through every loophole imaginable and every process and are told no or given just enough to make it possible in theory and not in real life, you have NO idea what a person has "chosen" or "not chosen" to do. And to say otherwise is REALLY farkin judgemental
Comment by Robyn on June 1, 2009 at 6:58pm
I have 3 kids (9, 6 and 3) and skipping college is not an option for them. It's just not and they hear it already. My husband and I both value education greatly and are instilling that in them as well. (He has a Masters and I have a Bachelors degree.)

But to say anyone can just walk into a college office and get money kind of insults the ones on here who say that hasn't worked for them. Maybe they've tried every option and maybe they haven't. But the point is, you (general) don't know that. You don't know if they're lazy, if they're telling the whole truth, or if they've applied for 482 scholarships and grants at 123 schools. Do I think there's more that some people could do to find funding? Yeah, I do. But sometimes, you just don't know what you don't know. Ya know?! ;)

Personally, I'm more likely to believe their stories than the comments from those of us who already have our degrees (some from many years ago) who tell them they just aren't trying hard enough. Talk about demoralizing. To me it's just about as rude as my neighbor who tells me that I would believe in god if I just tried harder.
Comment by Brenda on June 1, 2009 at 5:00pm
Hah! I just took those languages to prove to my older brother (math/compsci major) that I could do computer stuff. My degree is in International very very useful. I wanted to save the world from Communism 20 years ago. Now I'm working temp jobs between collecting unemployment (or should that be the other way around?). I'm encouraging my kids to be scientists....maybe they will have better career options than I had out of college.

btw, youngest of 4 kids, so I got ZERO financial aid. took out student loans to pay for EVERYTHING. Worked 2 jobs (one was a work study paying less than min wage, other was bartending). Had to defer my student loans for several years after graduating. All paid off now. (WHEW!)
Comment by Brenda on June 1, 2009 at 3:12pm
one class a semester? I hope you aren't studying technology.
Do you think it is time I take BASIC and PASCAL off my resume?
Comment by Angie Jackson on June 1, 2009 at 3:08pm
Bryan - totally understood. Yes I am now taking a more balanced approach. I don't expect to finish my degree before I'm 30, and frankly if it comes down to either sending my son or finishing myself - I'm sending him.
Comment by Wendy on June 1, 2009 at 3:04pm
oh not about that...investing early makes all the difference. But the "go to school no matter what...I did and have a mountain of debt" thing

I think that's what she wants/is doing. But honestly, going to school one class a semester? While it will get you to your goal, it'll take a hella long time to do it. What do you do in the meantime?
Comment by Angie Jackson on June 1, 2009 at 2:56pm
Uh, again I refer to the link a couple comments down (from 2009 - in THIS economy, not several years old assuming it "still applies). I didn't make this stuff up you know. And while trying to do the "right thing" and go to college (my mom's got a PhD and valued that a LOT more than spending any time with us as kids) my kid and I lived in my station wagon. Wanna talk again about wills and ways people?

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