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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

Protect your Fetus

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Nov 15. 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. 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. 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

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

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Comment by Jessica on March 31, 2012 at 9:56am

Thanks for the responses!  I will leave the large magic bunny and zombie jew out of it.  Egg hunts and a basket from me I think will work.  I never believed in the easter bunny it just seemed silly even as a little kid.  Science is always a good idea and that might be a great new tradition!

Comment by Annie Thomas on March 31, 2012 at 9:46am

We try a different egg coloring technique each year, and turn it into a little bit of science discover.  One year, we used fruits and vegetables, and that was really fun.  My favorite was wrapping the eggs in yellow onion skins that had been soaked in hot water.  It made a very mottled looking design on the eggs.  This year we will boil eggs, then crack the shells (but keep them on) and then dye.  When you peel the shells off it should leave a veiny look on the eggs.  I'm with Jennifer H, we've never done a group hunt, but there is something fun about the adults sipping coffee in their pajamas in the backyard while our daughter looks in the bushes and trees for treats.  She's a bit too old for egg hunts now, but I'll still make her an easter basket with some books and candy in it.

Comment by Jennifer Hancock on March 31, 2012 at 8:45am

Kids find out about these holidays - can't keep their existence a secret. We do a small cheap basket every year for him to find. I can't stand the crowds for the egg hunts. Plus, don't want to give my name to the churches hosting them. So ... we just do a basket and he's happy. I never celebrated it as a kid, so wasn't sure how to do it. My son's happy.

Comment by Dawn K on March 31, 2012 at 6:20am

I never wanted to do anything for Easter either but we ended up doing egg hunts because one of the kids had done one at pre-school and wanted to do one at home. No bunny, no baskets...if they ask it's just a fun thing to do to celebrate the change to spring. They rarely ask questions when candy is involved. :)

Comment by Alice on March 30, 2012 at 10:41pm

I just tell my kids that it's Easter and so we get to eat chocolates....  :)

Comment by Annie Thomas on March 30, 2012 at 10:29pm

When my daughter was little, we always had egg hunts.  It was so much fun to go out into the garden to hide the eggs, and then for her to search for them.  We never attached it to anything... it was just a fun little thing to do.  Personally, I look at it as more of a pagan ritual than a christian one, but either way, it was just plain fun.  Whatever you decide to do, I hope you have a good time!

Comment by Jessica on March 30, 2012 at 10:07pm
I despise Easter even before I was an atheist. Now I am a parent and have to decide what to tell my 4 year old about this silly holiday. I don't want to tell him there is a magical bunny leaving him a basket, but I also don't want him to loose a childhood experience. What do you all do/suggest? Thanks
Comment by Michael D. Barton on March 28, 2012 at 1:44pm

CFI-Portland is bringing author and educator Dale McGowan to Portland, OR for a unique seminar about parenting without religion. It will be held at Friendly House in NW Portland on Saturday, April 21st, from 1 to 5pm. Learn about "practical solutions for secular parenting in a religious world." Tickets for the Parenting & Grandparenting Beyond Belief workshop are $35 per person ($65 per couple, $25 for Friends of the Center), and can be purchased here: http://action.centerforinquiry.net/site/Calendar?id=102161&view....

Comment by Bryanderthal on February 23, 2012 at 11:27am

That's awesome!

Comment by Bryanderthal on February 14, 2012 at 11:50am

Yay! Darryl is so much fun.

 

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