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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

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

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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 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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