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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

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

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Comment by Dawn K on July 11, 2009 at 10:50am
Quiet weekend here! I hope everyone is out doing something fun. It's currently raining to beat the band here and we're all a bit stir crazy.
Comment by Dawn K on June 30, 2009 at 11:57am
Thanks Teacherninja for the clarification.

I googled Bessie Stanley and ran across this which made me chuckle.

At age 4, success is...not peeing in your pants.
At age 12, success is...having friends.
At age 16, success is...having a driver's license.
At age 20, success is...having sex.
At age 35, success is...having money.
At age 40, success is...finding meaning & purpose to life.
At age 45, success is...finding meaning & purpose to life.
At age 50, success is...having money.
At age 60, success is...having sex.
At age 70, success is...having a driver's license.
At age 75, success is...having friends.
At age 80, success is...not peeing in your pants.

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Comment by MarkFL on June 21, 2009 at 8:14am
For any parents that live in South Florida, The Florida Atheists and Secular Humanists are having their first parents' meetup on Sunday morning (most of you are free, aren't you?), July 12th at ArtPark in Hollywood, FL. Please go to http://www.meetup.com/FLASHParents/ and RSVP if you will be in the area. The kids will play at the park while the parents hang out (with one eye on our little infidels of course). If your kids still like to play at the park, this is perfect. If your kids are older, they can hang with the parents (every teenager's dream!). Thanks.
Comment by Wendy on June 18, 2009 at 9:12pm
Hi Yvette! How about an article on religion in the workplace? I have no idea if other people are dealing with what I am, but meetings are sometimes opened with prayer, the team building book is based on Christianity and so on and so forth. Blech
Comment by Bimmerella on June 14, 2009 at 9:58pm
I live in the Bible Belt, and I was raised Catholic. I remember sitting in church asking myself..."do people really believe this crap?" Fiery hell pits, the devil, pillars of salt...bleh bleh...I couldn't believe that my parents, my grand parents, actually bought into this mess. Then there was Catechism. I was a nightmare student. I asked all the questions no one could answer, and then I was told to leave after I refused to accept that I should just have faith.
My child is not going to suffer that injustice. If he has questions, he will be able to ask them. I'm NEVER going to accept my child throwing away his logic! I'm never going to accept anyone telling my child he will go to hell if he questions certain things. My response to him, is that the Church tried to stop Copernicus from asking how the solar system works, they even jailed him when he figured out the Sun was the center of the solar system. They said it went against the bible. I then asked my child who was right?
These are the things I want him to think about when being bullied by fundies!
I think he has a good head on his shoulders. I had the pleasure of taking him to the National Young Scholars Program in Washington DC last year, and he met other children who also were from families of intellectuals and non believers. He was so excited to meet people like him, it was nice for him to affirm there were others like us. I am glad I found this forum. It's nice to see other rational people using logic to raise their children to be intellectuals, thinkers, and problem solvers. Rock on!
Comment by Angie Jackson on June 12, 2009 at 2:54pm
I went to charismatic churches, which are supposed to be more "lively". But week after week of seeing the same women run around in circles, fall down "in the spirit" and scream.. it just gets old. Plus, Mass is only an hour, whereas our services were often 3-4 hours long. The most mainline churches I went to still had at least a 2 hour service.
Comment by Jake kerr on June 12, 2009 at 10:37am
12 years of Catholic School here. Church really helped my imagination a lot. I distinctly remember an elaborate tale I wove about robbers sealing off the church and attempting to rob it during services, and I was a superhero that used Kung Fu to defeat them, including swinging from chandolier to chandolier. It made that hour fly by.
Comment by Dawn K on June 12, 2009 at 9:04am
I guess that boy doesn't go to one of the 'fun' churches. I remember feeling exactly the same way during Catholic mass. "God Almighty, why does this have to be so boring".
Comment by Angie Jackson on June 11, 2009 at 6:25pm
@Jake - Church IS boring. Glad to hear your girls are getting balance and the ability to make their own age-appropriate choices :)
Comment by Jake kerr on June 11, 2009 at 4:23pm
Some background: I have three girls, aged 12, 7, and 5. We are raising them as critical thinkers and are not pushing them away from religious so much as to be rational. As a result, we have no problem if they ask about religions and a desire to visit a church or synagogue.

They go to a Montessori school, which is not religious-based but obviously has plenty of religious families. One day my seven year old was telling me about a boy in her class that goes to church, and she asked me if she could go to church with one of the boys in her class. My wife and I were like, "Sure, no problem."

So she comes home from school the next day, and she says, "I asked Ethan about going to church with him, and he said I would hate it because church is so boring." She hasn't brought it up again. :)
 

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