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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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

Parenting Teen Drivers

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on Sunday. 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

Tags: teen driver safety

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

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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

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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

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Comment by AgeOfAtheists14 on May 29, 2012 at 9:59am

jesus.. ha.. pffffft

Comment by AgeOfAtheists14 on May 29, 2012 at 9:59am

Bumper sticker... "was jesus a bigot like mom and dad?"
ohhhh the pain.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on May 11, 2012 at 2:32pm

A video for the kids.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on May 3, 2012 at 8:08pm

Hey McGuyver, misplaced your highchair?

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.


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