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.

If at any time you would like to contact me, the easiest way is to send a private message through my page. However, in order to send any member a PM you must first be their friend.

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

-Dawn K

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 GBM Harper on February 13, 2012 at 10:12am

Several children's music friends of mine are celebrating because yesterday a compilation CD they contributed to won a Grammy award! I bring this up because the CD is called All About Bullies Big and Small. Skeptical Blogger - maybe you'll want to review it for your blog!

Comment by Jennifer Hancock on February 13, 2012 at 9:01am

Hi Skeptical Blogger -great blog - consider adding it to the Humanist webring at:

Comment by Dawn K on February 13, 2012 at 9:01am

Hi skep blogger. There's so much bullying everywhere, it seems no matter how much society says bulling is bad we seem to see it more and more. How I wonder do we teach kids (generally) not to be bullies when so many adults are? Anyway, I will check out your blog. I'm not stalking :) but I noticed you are in Concord - I grew up in Epsom just down Rte 4 a ways and still have family in the area. Welcome.

Comment by Skeptical Blogger on February 13, 2012 at 7:27am

Hi all!  How nice to find this site and, even better, this group!  

For an introduction:  I was a stay at home dad for 5 years before going back to school for a master's in social work.  Now I work with an agency that does training for child protective workers.  An experience with bullying that my 7 year old daughter recently had at school has prompted my wife and I to take a more mindful approach to parenting as atheists and humanists.  It's nice to find a place to explore approaches and solutions to the unique struggles of parenting as an atheist in a theistic world.  If you're interested, and willing to bear with the cliche, I just started a blog about it called The Humanist Household.  Anyway, I look forward to participating in the group and getting to know you all.  Hope you all had a great Darwin Day yesterday!

Comment by HotMess on February 10, 2012 at 8:33pm

Right - eyerolling is so much more effective than bullets.

Hey maybe if enough people swamp his fb page, he'll shoot his own computer, too ...

Comment by Bryanderthal on February 10, 2012 at 6:43pm

You rolled her eyes!?!?!? Shoulda just shot her laptop! ;)

I agree though. He's the big man and we all know it.... >.>

Comment by HotMess on February 10, 2012 at 6:10pm

Apparently this is a huge viral hit. I have a 17 year old and when she used to get this way we just rolled her eyes and sometimes laughed at her. We still have a lot of difficulties with her, but watching this video, I just see someone stroking his own ego, not really trying to discipline his child.

Comment by Dawn K on February 10, 2012 at 3:11pm

Honestly, the first time I saw this on FB I was disgusted by his reading the letter and making it public and didn't bother to watch until the end. My opinion hasn't changed from sitting through the entire thing now. I can't think of a single nice thing to say so I'll just say IMO he's made his bed, now he has to lie in it. 

Comment by Bryanderthal on February 10, 2012 at 2:42pm

I raised an eyebrow but then thought about what my dad would have done to me if he caught me writing something like that and thought that this guy wasn't so bad. Something similar did happen in my family recently regarding my 13 year old daughter, me, and FB. I talked to her about it, let her know how much it hurt my feelings, and then apologized for getting angry (oh, I was pissed, too!) and told her that we both needed time apart to think about what happened. Within the hour she was back on FB making amends and everything has been alright since. No public humiliation needed and I never once felt the need to pull out my firearm...

Comment by Annie Thomas on February 10, 2012 at 2:08pm

I agree, HotMess.  I watched this on FB this morning, and was hoping he would teach his daughter a more valuable lesson.  Wouldn't donating the computer to a hard-working student teach her more than destroying a perfectly good laptop?  I was also confused by him holding a lit cigarette... as I didn't notice him take a single drag.  Was this a prop?  And if so, what purpose did it serve?  As a parent and teacher, I don't see how humiliating a child will teach them to stop humiliating others.  It reminds me of the parent spanking the child, all the time yelling, "I told you not to hit!"


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