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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

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

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

Tags: Climate Change

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

Low fat toddler diet => obese adult

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Aug 24, 2013. 0 Replies

This technical paper says that it's bad to restrict fats for children under two, because they'll likely become obese by the age of 20.…Continue

Tags: adult obesity, low fat diet before two

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Lines on the wildifres Down Under, from a poem Orange Haze

Near Dunalley

Grandmother shelters five grandchildren 

under jetty while wildfire roars

 


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Joan Denoo shared this viral video in Hang With Friends. You'll enjoy it too.

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Comment by Jennifer Hancock on January 12, 2013 at 10:47pm

Brenda - there is a possibility they might not try to pray. If they do, simple and kindly tell them, that is not a tradition in their house but they are welcome to pray silently for a moment before things start and then give them their moment and commence with the meal.  Whenever we had people over, my father would say grace "God bread, good meat, good god, let's eat." We weren't religious so we always thought it was pretty funny. I don't remember any of our religious friends objecting.

Comment by Annie Thomas on January 12, 2013 at 9:45pm

Perhaps you could be proactive and tell them about your own pre-meal "tradition"?  I'm not sure what that could be, but perhaps you could come up with something.  I had friends that used to start each meal with everyone telling about their favorite part of the day. It was nice to hear what everyone had done during the day and was a catalyst for dinner conversation.  If they beat you to the punch and mention a prayer, you could say, "Oh, we were excited to share with you our own pre-dinner ritual" or something similar.  Since they are not coming until next week, you could practice with the kids before then. Whatever you do, please let us know how it turns out!  And good luck!

Comment by Brenda on January 12, 2013 at 9:05pm

We have some friends coming for dinner next week. Born-agains. They usually don't preach to us (they know I'm atheist), but when we went their their home for dinner last summer, they had us stand holding hands whhile the host said a blessing for the meal. We were polite and respectful, but I was a bit annoyed, feeling forced to participate in the prayer. Now I fear they will try this IN MY HOME, which I cannot tolerate, especially with my kids there. Is there any polite way to prevent this?

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on November 12, 2012 at 11:35pm

 

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