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.

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Thank you for joining the group, I hope you enjoy being here.

-Dawn K

Discussion Forum

Interest in high school predicts higher income

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Feb 27. 0 Replies

You might want to share this with your high school age kids. Even poor kids who aren't the brightest will earned more and have more prestigious jobs, if they maintain interest in high school and are…Continue

Tags: interest in high school, responsible student

Beware Fake Kids' Videos

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Grinning Cat Jan 4. 1 Reply

Familiar characters from legitimate kids videos are being mimicked, and linked as suggestions from the legitimate videos. It's one of many abuses mentioned in…Continue

Tags: fake kids videos, inappropriate kids YouTube videos

Personal Listening Can Deafen Your Child

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Dec 17, 2017. 0 Replies

Did you know that, "most smartphones can producing volumes of up to about 120 decibels? Above ..."85 decibels, the threat to hearing rises and after two hours of listening to a device at 91 dB the…Continue

Tags: widespread hearing loss, smartphone volume

Protect your Fetus

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Nov 15, 2017. 0 Replies

Global birth season study links environment with disease riskEnvironmental factors like air pollution and…Continue

Tags: fetal health, air pollution

Live tweets from an abstinence-based "sex ed" class

Started by Grinning Cat. Last reply by Tom Sarbeck Nov 6, 2017. 4 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

Avoid air pollution when pregnant

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Oct 18, 2017. 0 Replies

If you have heavy particulate matter exposure during pregnancy, your baby could be born with 13.2% shorter telomeres. This translates into a shorter life expectancy.According to the study of 641…Continue

Tags: fine particulate matter, telomeres, life expectancy

Don't let teens mix alcohol and caffeine

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner May 14, 2017. 0 Replies


Tags: drug addiction

Some antibiotics increase miscarriage risk

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner May 1, 2017. 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

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Comment by Grinning Cat on June 30, 2014 at 2:28pm

"When you refuse to vaccinate your children, you turn them into vectors for scores of lethal diseases, and you turn yourself into a willing bio-terrorist." (The Reprimand Project's Facebook photos)

Comment by Grinning Cat on June 10, 2014 at 11:09am

Not grinning over this:

Hawaii will require parents to opt-in to sex education for their middle schoolers. This resulted from a campaign by a Republican state representative to eliminate the program; he objected that it was "normalizing" homosexuality.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on April 14, 2014 at 6:46pm

Comment by Grinning Cat on April 4, 2014 at 10:34pm

Someone painted their car with chalkboard paint so kids can draw on it! Across the top it says "It's ok to draw on car."

(from 35 Pictures That Prove The World Isn’t Such A Bad Place)

Comment by Grinning Cat on April 4, 2014 at 10:34pm

Andrew, I think you handled it very well!

Comment by Andrew Hall on December 17, 2013 at 4:50am

The video below I made when my 11 year old boy and I were talking about academic honesty. 

Comment by Andrew Hall on December 17, 2013 at 4:49am

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 31, 2013 at 1:34am

JS, I agree, there are materials developed for Sunday School and home schooling that is religion based and not something that I want to teach my great-grandchildren. Here is some basic information:

Science skills for kids: 5-6

A five-year old is able to understand patterns of life, i.e. seasons of planting, growing, harvesting, preserving foods for winter.  Growing a garden is the obvious practical project. 
Or, learning patterns of stars by seasons. There are times to see different stars and constellations. Good sources include:

National Geographic Kids First Big Book of Space (First Big Books) ...

Color patterns intrigue small children. You might try:


There should be more, and I will look tomorrow.

Comment by J S on July 30, 2013 at 10:01pm

Anybody know of a good, concise video series (youtube, netflix or otherwise) that explains cosmology/origin of the universe/planets well for a 5 year old?

The factual stuff is a bit too advanced and all of the kids stuff I seem to find are just thinly veiled creationist piles of cow dung.



Comment by Grinning Cat on July 8, 2013 at 2:35pm

Amelia at HuffPost: "10 ways to support your gay kid, whether you know you have one or not" (or even if it turns out you don't: "And if your kid is straight, you've taught them great lessons about equality. There's no harm. After all, our kids our going to be who they are. Nothing you do or say can change that. But as parents, we can affect the way our children see themselves. I want my kids to know they are amazing.")


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