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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

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

Tags: brain damage, air pollution

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

Tags: birth complications

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

Tags: vitamin D deficiency in babies

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

Tags: nursing, vitamin D

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

Tags: premature birth, diet

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

Tags: fat-shaming, obesity

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

Tags: homeless, childhood brain injury

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

Tags: soothe a crying child, secure attachment

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

Tags: teen driver safety

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Comment by Jas Brimstone on April 28, 2011 at 4:18pm
I now know that even (possibly especially) a gifted child when overcome with an emotional response to a given situation they do not have the life-experience, cognitive or social skills to deal with, can and will throw a tantrum which no amount of reasoning will stop until it has simply run its course.

I now know that if a parent were to only shop when a child is in a predictable, happy, calm mood... said parent would never leave the house.

I now know that children have emotional responses equivalent to those of an un-medicated manic depressive, only the spaces between manic and depressive can be mere minutes. I further know now that this is not due to bad parenting, but rather to normal (albeit unpredictable) hormonal spikes and drops in a developing human organism.

Oh... I also now know a bit more about Piaget's Theory of Cognitive Development.
Comment by Janine S. on April 28, 2011 at 4:12pm

John - Haha! I'm sorry to hear that you found yourself in the company of pin worms. Parenting is so glamorous, isn't it.

 

The Nerd - My kiddo too! I see much potential for that in the future.

 

§kürrý - Congrats!

 

Comment by Dawn K on April 28, 2011 at 4:10pm
Not the 13th, but my MIL practically begged my husband to change our scheduled section to another "more auspicious" date. Asian numerology.
Comment by Vanessa on April 28, 2011 at 4:05pm
Mine was born too, on a Fri. the 13th. Plus, I married his dad on Apr. Fool's Day. We're no longer married. It really was a joke on me.
Comment by Janine S. on April 28, 2011 at 3:57pm
Egan - I'm not sure what you are expecting. For one, insinuating that the world would be better off if our children weren't in it isn't going to get you very far. We've made a decision to bring children into this world. I'm sorry that you disagree, but it doesn't affect my decision.

As for your parenting advice, I too knew everything that there was to know about parenting. And then I had children. You won't get a lot of back-patting about your theories on these parents that you have a passing experience with. When you have kids you learn that it isn't quite so easy. I no longer wax poetic about those evil parents who are destroying our youth with their inferior parenting skills. I now know that every child is different. I know now that sometimes parents are parenting in a way I might not because it is what works for their child. I now know children with special needs for whom all those "tried and true" parenting methods have to be thrown out the window. I now know that *gasp* there is a time in a child's life where they are incapable of reasoning and where further explanation only serves to infuriate them. Children are different than adults and we must treat them in an age-appropriate manner. In short, I no longer look in disgust at some parent whose child is throwing a tantrum. I now have compassion and understanding. I know that for the majority of us we are succeeding in parenting wonderful children despite the parenting books and not because of them.
Comment by Dawn K on April 28, 2011 at 3:30pm
I hope she has an easy delivery! Congrats a bit early!
Comment by Dawn K on April 28, 2011 at 3:27pm
I know, I know. And now my kids are arguing so I'm in no mood to be nice anymore. :)
Comment by Dawn K on April 28, 2011 at 3:24pm
Well, then you already have me confused. "I don't have any kids and I never will" does not sound like a person who intends to raise a child.

Beyond that, if you truly want a discussion you can try posting your points in the discussion board and not the comment wall. Please be sure to read our posting guidelines.
Comment by Dawn K on April 28, 2011 at 2:58pm

No John, you have not. Sometimes too nice I think, although in this case I prefer diplomatic. :)

I suppose everyone deserves the benefit of the doubt. Once. 

Comment by Dawn K on April 28, 2011 at 2:47pm

Okay, I'll bite. If you haven't already found it, there is a "Child-free by choice" group here that you might be interested in. I appreciate that you know yourself well enough to be able to make that decision at young age. Some people unfortunately don't realize that until they already have children. So kudos. As for your comments: 

 

1. Choice? We're all irrational about something? How about we let each person make their own decision and leave it at that.

 

2. I agree with you on this point. Children are people and deserve to be treated with respect. Of course that doesn't mean we treat them as fully grown adults. Having said that, I'll add that it's awfully easy to have opinions about raising children when you don't have any.

 

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