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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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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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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.

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-Dawn K

Discussion Forum

Food supply to collapse by 2040

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Grinning Cat on Wednesday. 1 Reply

New Research…Continue

Tags: stop TPP, mass starvation by 2040

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

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

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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.
Comment by Annie Thomas on July 5, 2011 at 9:44pm

 

 

It was helpful, though I'm not sure I get why your first response was to laugh.   It's funny, my daughter had an incident on the 1st grade playground, where a bunch of Christian children surrounded her and said, "Oh, yeah?  If there's no god, who made the trees/beach/lakes/etc.??  She noticed them as being nutty right then.  I don't mind what she's doing... she's just talking with friends.  My question stemmed from an anticipation of the backlash this might cause once parents get word.  Her current school seems to have a pretty big atheist population (the kids actually use the pledge as a way to find out who thinks as they do, and they've connected).  My husband and I have both been atheists since we were old enough to think for ourselves, but we always remained quiet about it.  I hope to make it easier for my very vocal daughter to navigate through a world of believers.

 

Comment by Michelle on July 5, 2011 at 9:06pm

Annie,

I have to be honest, my first reaction was to laugh.  My son [8] has started telling people he's and atheist too and the pledge had a bit to do with his outing.  Upon further discussion I found that the reason he doesn't like the Christians is that the ones with which he has to contend go around telling him and others they are going to hell.  Good luck converting him now guys! That is why he tells them, I don't believe in that, I'm an Atheist. 

Kids will naturally talk about theses things and you can bet they are "proselytizing" to some extent to your daughter too, she just seems to have the better argument. 

For our personal rules we allow it provided it is among peers and no adults are involved.  I'm not sure if that was helpful. :/

Comment by Annie Thomas on July 5, 2011 at 6:07pm

Hi Vitomama-

 

My daughter is 12, and she declared herself an atheist at age 5 (of course, she didn't use that term, but simply said there is no proof of any gods).  She's pretty firm on where she stands. She was a born skeptic, and has been raised as such.

 

The problem (which may be too strong of a term really) is that she is now encouraging her friends to question their belief systems.  Two have deconverted, another has stated that she is Christian and doesn't want to talk about it.  She and I talked about how she must respect her friend's beliefs (and we also talked about not being too pushy).

 

As I wrote to John, I think middle school is a very natural time for children to question the culture they were raised in, but I wonder if anyone else has had issues where their child was trying to deconvert others.  There have been no problems for other parents, but I know that I would be a little angry if say, one of my daughter's friends was proselytizing in the cafeteria.  She says it just comes up in discussions, especially when one another child hears her omit the "under god" portion of the pledge at school.

 

I appreciate your response, and I too look forward to more discussions. 

Comment by Vitomama on July 1, 2011 at 4:52pm
Hey Annie! We have a 7 year old boy who constantly questions his friends' statements about church/god. I think you hit the nail on the head when you said "the religion they were born into". It certainly shouldn't be that way. We have to constantly remind Vito that he's far too young to make decisions like that. We're anti-theist, but he has a lot to learn before he can even understand those concepts. When we ask him why he doesn't believe in god, he always says "Because YOU don't". We tell him that's not good enough. That really is the problem. Children just take on what their parents believe. We do, however, give him various reasons why WE don't believe in god. We're very science-oriented. We always talk about the solar system, the element table, the science of dating objects, atoms, the awesome reality of infinity, etc. But, yes, most of his friends have been "born into" some form of christianity. We have had to be "that parent" a couple of times concerning issues at his school (once in Oklahoma and once here in Connecticut - [it was a good relocation]), but they were resolved favorably. I don't know how old your daughter is, but as for Vito and his friends, they usually end up moving on to a sword fight or some other activity without my having to step in. I look forward to more conversations with you and others here. It really is a tricky business trying to make sure we don't indoctrinate the way others do. All we want for Vito is to have knowledge and self-esteem - the rest will follow. Cheers!
Comment by Annie Thomas on June 13, 2011 at 4:42pm
Thanks, John.  Luckily, we live in a nice little pocket of reason within the state (university town).  I think she is just at that age where many children start to question the religion they were born into, and so it makes sense that her friends might be doing that.  She seems to be talking with a lot of friends about it, and she's always been open about her lack of beliefs.  Just wondering if any other parents have experienced this.
 

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