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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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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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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

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Toxic Products at local stores

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Healthy Stuff. org tests products and informs the public. Check their Retail Center for stores you use.…Continue

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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)
Comment by Dawn K on June 5, 2009 at 5:31pm
Hi Angie! Glad you came back.
 

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