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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.

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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

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

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

Tags: toxic products

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

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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 Iva Viddal on April 28, 2011 at 4:18pm

Egan, your initial approach did not come off as a victim asking a question but as an attack against all of us who have chosen to have children. It seemed more as though you were telling all of us that we should have either never decided to have children or that we should have aborted all surprise pregnancies.

 

To answer you, I for one was young when I had my first two children, too young to have thought it through, unfortunately. I have always believed it to be incredibly important to raise my children respectfully. I, too, take issue when I see parents being mean to their children. I would venture to guess that many of us here also believe that respect should be a major part of being a parent. As far as choosing to have children goes, I can honestly say that I understand your confusion, since over population is a huge problem in our world. That said, I don't have 10 children. I have three. I am not raising them under any kind of religious dogma or political agenda, but rather to be free-thinking, life-valuing, rational, educated individuals (that's the goal, of course). That means that I hope they will grow up to HELP the world. If we leave the populating entirely up to the Mormons, Catholics and Muslims (ha), then were will we be? Yes, this is partly a justification, but when you HAVE children, you can't get rid of them. We do HAVE them. I think that we are probably largely open to conversation (as a discussion topic), but not to being attacked based on your precponceived ideas about parents.

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 §kürrý on April 28, 2011 at 3:41pm

Thanks! She's managing, the usual aches and pains. I got her a gift card to a massage place but she's afraid she'll go into labor if she gets one! :-)

 

We are scheduled for Friday the 13th. They say we'll will be the only scheduled delivery that day, skeptical scheduling for the win.

 

Comment by Dawn K on April 28, 2011 at 3:30pm
I hope she has an easy delivery! Congrats a bit early!
Comment by Iva Viddal on April 28, 2011 at 3:29pm
Also, we're here because we're rational, so you're totally preaching to the wrong crowd.
Comment by §kürrý on April 28, 2011 at 3:29pm
/yawn* Wifey due two weeks from tomorrow with numero dos.
 

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