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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

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

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

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Jun 21, 2014. 0 Replies

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

Tags: vitamin D deficiency in babies

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

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Jun 8, 2014. 0 Replies

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

Tags: nursing, vitamin D

Healthy diet bfore pregnancy and preterm birth

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner May 24, 2014. 0 Replies

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

Tags: premature birth, diet

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Comment by AgeOfAtheists14 on September 13, 2011 at 4:02pm
Comment by Alice on September 13, 2011 at 6:43am
Brenda - I am so with you on this - all around me - I have friends who I respect and believe to be very intelligent - and yet they hold onto this supernatural thinking.........  humans!  It's cause and effect - they haven't yet had the cause to think rationally - and will the causal web of all things get to them or not?  Thinking of evolution - rationality isn't nessisarily the thing that we all need to breed.... if you know what I mean - causal factors aren't going to get us all there...  perhaps ever
Comment by Phil on September 12, 2011 at 11:05pm

I think for most people, religion has more to do with feelings than analysis. Most people have religion drilled into them from such a young age that it becomes part of their emotional foundation. Losing the certainty that belief in god seems to provide is a very frightening prospect. It means there's no higher power steering the ship, and in times of distress that can feel overwhelming. Hence, even some remarkably bright people can still cling to faith out of emotional need.


I still haven't figured out what makes some people have an easier time listening to their doubts. I don't consider myself particularly tough, so I don't think it was some impressive degree of courage that made me give up religion. I think maybe I just didn't get enough of a sense of peace from religion, so I wasn't so vested in sticking with it at all costs.

Comment by Brenda on September 12, 2011 at 10:35pm
I don't get it. I'm just average; hard working but not terribly bright. It amazes me that people who are way smarter than me, scientists even, are theist. People I really respect and admire cannot accept evidence of evolution or dinosaurs because of their faith. I just don't get it.
Comment by atheistscot on August 23, 2011 at 4:18am

Thanks for the welcome, Melody.

I wasn't raised as an atheist by my family. It seems I was born an atheist, or became one very early in life. I was curious to see how my son's beliefs would develop growing up with two atheist parents. I have tried to keep the issue low key and not tell him what to believe or not believe. I want him to grow into a young man with a rational, enquiring mind who reads widely and makes his own decisions about his beliefs. I agree with Richard Dawkins' view that it's incorrect to refer to a young child as a Christian/Muslim/Hindu child - he or she is the child of Christian/Muslim/Hindu parents.

My son attends our local school. They have visits from the local Church of Scotland minister, an annual nativity play, easter services, etc. They are also taught about other faiths. He would occasionally come home and repeat bible stories he'd heard at school, but as he talked about the characters and storylines in The Simpsons with the same seriousness, I wasn't too worried. It became apparent that he saw them for what they were - stories.

Of course, over the years he has been soaking up the sceptical, religion-free atmosphere at home, even just overhearing his father and I talking. He tells me now, at the age of ten, quite emphatically, that he is an atheist and doesn't believe there is a god or any sort of afterlife. 

Comment by Ava Wilson on August 22, 2011 at 7:32pm
I have a two year old. She's not old enough to understand any of this, but I have a feeling she will grow up as secular-minded as I did.
Comment by Melody Mitchell on August 22, 2011 at 7:51am
Welcome aboard, Donna!
Comment by atheistscot on August 22, 2011 at 4:04am
Hi, my name is Donna, I'm new to Atheist Nexus and this is the first group I've joined. I'm the mother of a ten year old boy and have been married for 17 years to a fellow atheist.
Comment by Annie Thomas on July 7, 2011 at 5:30pm

No, my apologies.  I just reread what I wrote and it sounded more confrontational in black and white than it did in my head. I just meant maybe you had a good anecdote to share. 


I too find it exciting that some of our kids are in a climate where it is safe to be who they are.  I just worry about a potential witch hunt on my daughter some day... hopefully she is in a progressive enough school that it will never be an issue.

Comment by Michelle on July 7, 2011 at 4:25pm
I'm sorry, Annie, I didn't mean anything wrong by it.  It's just not what I  expected.  It seems that atheism is becoming more common so instead of being worried about our kids being sucked into religion they seem to be feeling more able to change minds.  That never seemed to happen when I was in Jr. high and that was only 25 years ago.

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