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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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Discussion Forum

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

Nursing mothers need 5,000-6,000 IU of vitamin D

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Jun 8, 2014. 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

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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. :)
Comment by Dawn K on June 10, 2009 at 1:21pm
Welcome Kat and Jake! It's always nice to meet new parents.
Comment by Kat Lollar on June 10, 2009 at 12:43pm
I just joined this site and group. Very excited to meet other athiests, since I live in a terribly Christian area. I have a 3 year old daughter and a 1 year old son. It's great to know there are other parents out there like me!
Comment by Jake kerr on June 10, 2009 at 12:30pm
Raising three heathen daughters. I have plenty of humorous "atheist kids in Texas" stories to draw on. :)
Comment by Angie Jackson on June 5, 2009 at 5:49pm
I just needed a couple days to chill and snuggle with my little guy. We spent way too many hours on Starfall.com (check it out for the awesomeness! READING fun)
 

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