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.

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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 Ruth Anthony-Gardner on June 18, 2013 at 4:33pm

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on June 12, 2013 at 10:52am

Good quote, Andrew.

Comment by Andrew Hall on May 6, 2013 at 8:34pm

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on March 17, 2013 at 12:46pm

Comment by Grinning Cat on March 1, 2013 at 10:00pm
Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on January 24, 2013 at 12:29am

Lines on the wildifres Down Under, from a poem Orange Haze

Near Dunalley

Grandmother shelters five grandchildren 

under jetty while wildfire roars


Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on January 20, 2013 at 11:58am

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on January 18, 2013 at 11:08pm

Joan Denoo shared this viral video in Hang With Friends. You'll enjoy it too.

Utah man's 'I'm a Daddy and I Know It' YouTube video goes viral

Comment by Jennifer Hancock on January 12, 2013 at 10:47pm

Brenda - there is a possibility they might not try to pray. If they do, simple and kindly tell them, that is not a tradition in their house but they are welcome to pray silently for a moment before things start and then give them their moment and commence with the meal.  Whenever we had people over, my father would say grace "God bread, good meat, good god, let's eat." We weren't religious so we always thought it was pretty funny. I don't remember any of our religious friends objecting.

Comment by Annie Thomas on January 12, 2013 at 9:45pm

Perhaps you could be proactive and tell them about your own pre-meal "tradition"?  I'm not sure what that could be, but perhaps you could come up with something.  I had friends that used to start each meal with everyone telling about their favorite part of the day. It was nice to hear what everyone had done during the day and was a catalyst for dinner conversation.  If they beat you to the punch and mention a prayer, you could say, "Oh, we were excited to share with you our own pre-dinner ritual" or something similar.  Since they are not coming until next week, you could practice with the kids before then. Whatever you do, please let us know how it turns out!  And good luck!


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