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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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Omega 3s during pregnancy diets determine that child's math scores

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Sep 11. 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. 0 Replies

Air pollution harmful to young brains, study findsAir pollution in large cities damages children's…Continue

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Protecting oxygen-deprived newborns

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Jul 11. 0 Replies

Cooling protects oxygen-deprived infantsWe always fear our newborn being temporarily deprived…Continue

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Breastfeeding moms need 5,000 - 6,000 IU of D per day

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Jun 21. 0 Replies

Vitamin D and the nursing motherHuman milk, in most nursing mothers, contains very little vitamin D. Infant…Continue

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Nursing mothers need 5,000-6,000 IU of vitamin D

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Jun 8. 0 Replies

Vitamin D and the nursing motherAn "adequate" intake for nursing mothers is not the 400 IU/d the IOM…Continue

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Healthy diet bfore pregnancy and preterm birth

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner May 24. 0 Replies

Poor diet before pregnancy linked with preterm birthWomen who ate more protein and fruit before pregnancy…Continue

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Don't tell kids they're too fat

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Apr 29. 0 Replies

Stop Calling Young Girls ‘Fat’Encouraging fitness activities and…Continue

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Brain injuries during youth sports can predispose for homelessness

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Apr 26. 0 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

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Don't let kids under four cry it out

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Annie Thomas Apr 23. 1 Reply

Four in 10 infants lack strong parental attachmentsWhen parents feel too overwhelmed to soothe crying…Continue

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Parenting Teen Drivers

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Apr 20. 0 Replies

If you have teenaged drivers, share this.Teen drivers were six times more likely to have a serious incident when there was loud conversation in the vehicle — to the point of needing to make an…Continue

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Comment by Anders Juhl Jensen on March 31, 2012 at 7:06pm

I live in the Philippines and here they don't do Easter as you do in America. They have drunk guys whipping themselves to blood and nailing themselves to planks and other funstuff.

For the easter egg hunt. I don't think it's a tradition here, but the malls have them. Never saw anything about the egg laying rabbit.

 

We also don't have springtime.

 

Well if I lived in America, then my approach to this would be. Engage with the kids in arts and craft activities to make colourfull eggs and then play hide and seek with them.

 

I would then say this is an old tradition to celebrate the spring. It's the time of year when plants will sprout, bloom, germinate, produce pollen. The animals wil mate, produce sperm and eggs. The farmers that produces our food will also sow the seeds and toil the soil to increase its fertility.

 

That's why we have the tradition is to play with eggs to celebrate the fertility of life at springtime. Then hopefully the kid will ask what is seeds, fruits, to mate, sperm, eggs, fertility etc.

While we do our egg artwork or proceed to do spring gardening or a walk in the forest, we can talk about these topics.

Comment by Christian J Brooks on March 31, 2012 at 5:47pm

I think so much of religion has been washed out of the way many celebrate Easter in America, that there's real no need to worry about those uncomfortable topics.  Decorating eggs, bunnies, even the word Easter: they're all pagan.  The Christians and their palms will be far away from your back yard.

Comment by Bryanderthal on March 31, 2012 at 4:25pm

We like to dig up information about the Spring equinox practices of our ancestors and lament the fact that Christians raped, murdered and kidnapped their culture and stole their lands.

Then we go egg hunting with the kids.

Comment by Skeptical Blogger on March 31, 2012 at 10:46am

My kids are 8 and 5 and they enjoy looking for candy-filled plastic eggs in the back yard.  I don't think they have any idea of the religious aspects of the holiday at this point.  We also don't have any story about an easter bunny.  They wait inside while I go out to hide the treats.  In our family it's more of a, "Look!  Candy!" kind of holiday.  They have a blast and after they've found all the eggs they usually want to hide them for one another and keep the fun going.  I remember enjoying the same thing when I was a kid - it's like an excuse to eat chocolate and play hide and seek.

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!

 

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