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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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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

Lied-to kids are more dishonest

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Mar 21. 0 Replies

Lied-to children more likely to cheat, lieMost parents admit to lying to their children sometimes, while…Continue

Tags: parenting, dishonesty, lying

Toxic Products at local stores

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Mar 16. 0 Replies

Healthy Stuff. org tests products and informs the public. Check their Retail Center for stores you use.…Continue

Tags: toxic products

Acetaminophen during pregnancy & ADHD

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Feb 26. 0 Replies

A Danish study found that mothers who took acetaminophen while pregnant had more children with ADHD.Use of…Continue

Tags: acetaminophen, hyperactivity, ADHD

Third Hand Smoke is bad bad bad

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Feb 3. 0 Replies

If you're not a smoker, are your children safe from carcinogenic smoke? New evidence indicates that bringing home smoke residues on your clothes could endanger your children as much as if they…Continue

Tags: cancer, third hand smoke

Pollutants lower US kids IQ by 5 points

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Nov 26, 2013. 0 Replies

Pregnant women and children in the US are exposed to multiple toxic pollutants that impair a child's brain development.It’s now known that many chemicals can cross the placenta, once believed to be a…Continue

Tags: neurological disorders in children, pregnancy, pollutants, brain development

Imaginary friends can be helpful

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Grinning Cat Oct 15, 2013. 1 Reply

For Hurdles, Even a Pretend Friend Will HelpTalking to imaginary friends helps children…Continue

Tags: inner dialogue, imaginary childhood friends

Regular Bedtimes make well behaved kids

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Oct 14, 2013. 0 Replies

Irregular Bedtimes Lead to Misbehaved KidsEstablishing regular bedtimes…Continue

Tags: bed time

Your family's Climate Change future

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Sep 27, 2013. 0 Replies

This interactive site shows what temperature change you can…Continue

Tags: Climate Change

Music improves behavior

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Sep 6, 2013. 0 Replies

'Making Music May Improve Young Children's Behavior'For young children, making music making improves social…Continue

Tags: problem solving, helpfulness, cooperation, young children, singing

Low fat toddler diet => obese adult

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Aug 24, 2013. 0 Replies

This technical paper says that it's bad to restrict fats for children under two, because they'll likely become obese by the age of 20.…Continue

Tags: adult obesity, low fat diet before two

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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.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on February 13, 2012 at 11:41pm

Parenting Beyond Belief Webinar offered. This is a link to a discussion by Darryl Ray, who as a nonmember of this group, asked me to pass along the information.

The event will be on February 19th at 12:00 EST, and will include a 30 minute overview of 7 secular parenting topics along with 30 minutes of interactive Q&A with Dale for only $15! Please e-mail noelle@parentingbeyondbelief.com with 'PBB Webinar' in the subject line for registration details.

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! http://allaboutbulliesbigandsmall.com/albums/all-about-bullies-big-...

 

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