Parenting Little Heathens


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 realitychick on June 2, 2009 at 6:29pm

One to say he doesn't believe the light bulb needs changing. One to say she believes the light bulb doesn't need changing. One to test the bulb to see if it actually needs changing. One to refute the Intelligent Light proponents who believe the light bulb was meant to go out and will change itself if it is meant to be changed.

And one to turn on a flashlight while yet another changes the bulb successfully. The latter will immediately be claimed by Intelligent Light proponents as an agent of the Intelligence working through her.
Comment by HotMess on June 2, 2009 at 6:22pm
So, how many heathen parents does it take to change a light bulb?
Comment by realitychick on June 2, 2009 at 6:21pm
Why, thank you. It matches the hair on my back. :D
Comment by realitychick on June 2, 2009 at 6:05pm
This thread got totally out of hand. I've been following it and glad not to be a part of it. I suggest that everyone just end this discussion. But even if that doesn't happen, no need to leave the group. Just ignore the wall. At least until something more interesting comes up. Hey, I'll start. Let's talk about how awesome I am.

Comment by Angie Jackson on June 2, 2009 at 4:50pm
I'm leaving the community. Maybe one day when I have time and motivation I'll start an alternate parenting group on A/N with moderated comments. Sorry but I don't deal well with fighting. It's just exhausting and I have a real life for that. No hard feelings to any individual members and you're all still free to private message me. I won't be able to read any responses on this comment wall though, as I am leaving. Peace.
Comment by Wendy on June 2, 2009 at 9:41am
oh I agree with you on the fact that college does make it easier *eventually* to live your life financially. I take issue with the fact that supposedly anyone and their mother can get a college degree either easily or at all. Most probably can, but there's a HUGE section of our population that cannot due to finances. And for people to say that they're not trying hard enough is insulting
Comment by Wendy on June 2, 2009 at 8:25am
Bryan I think the animosity is that there are people HERE on this thread that are being told basically "uh yeah you just didn't TRY hard enough and you should really stop complaining" aka you're lazy

At least that's how I read it and I'm not even one of those people. I was LUCKY..LUCKY that my parents had the means for my undergrad and I got loans for my graduate work.

And just an aside, NEVER save for your kid's education if you haven't saved for your retirement first. EVER
Comment by Angie Jackson on June 1, 2009 at 7:13pm
Oh my son WILL go to college. And I WILL help him with that. I was kicked out my cult parents home at 17, got a GED and am still trying to do my bachelors with zero help. My son on the other hand already has a savings account and will have me at his back in whatever way he needs me. They're two completely separate issues. I'm not saying HE won't go - I'm saying it may not be feasible for ME to finish, if we can only afford for one of us to go. Yes, college is on hold at the moment. And yes, it is a bit offensive when people who have no idea how hard life can be when you have NO ONE tell you that you just need to "try harder" and "look for resources". I make myself a PEST at every community resource center in my state, at my school, online - you name it. The will is there. Just not the moolah. And those who say it doesn't matter have never been as without money as I have.
Comment by Wendy on June 1, 2009 at 7:04pm
word Robyn....word. My DH worked in the financial aid office when he went to college so he SAW who got approved and who didn't and what the income limits were and such. But ja to say "oh you're just not TRYING hard enough", I call BS.

And to go to school 1 class a semester or something, great long term plan sure, what about the here and now? Trying to raise your children, save for THEIR college (even tho any financial advisor worth their salt will tell you to save for your retirement first).

Anyway, unless YOU have been there and gone through every loophole imaginable and every process and are told no or given just enough to make it possible in theory and not in real life, you have NO idea what a person has "chosen" or "not chosen" to do. And to say otherwise is REALLY farkin judgemental
Comment by Robyn on June 1, 2009 at 6:58pm
I have 3 kids (9, 6 and 3) and skipping college is not an option for them. It's just not and they hear it already. My husband and I both value education greatly and are instilling that in them as well. (He has a Masters and I have a Bachelors degree.)

But to say anyone can just walk into a college office and get money kind of insults the ones on here who say that hasn't worked for them. Maybe they've tried every option and maybe they haven't. But the point is, you (general) don't know that. You don't know if they're lazy, if they're telling the whole truth, or if they've applied for 482 scholarships and grants at 123 schools. Do I think there's more that some people could do to find funding? Yeah, I do. But sometimes, you just don't know what you don't know. Ya know?! ;)

Personally, I'm more likely to believe their stories than the comments from those of us who already have our degrees (some from many years ago) who tell them they just aren't trying hard enough. Talk about demoralizing. To me it's just about as rude as my neighbor who tells me that I would believe in god if I just tried harder.

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