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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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Omega 3s during pregnancy diets determine that child's math scores

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Sep 11. 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. 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. 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

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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.
Comment by Brenda on June 1, 2009 at 5:00pm
Hah! I just took those languages to prove to my older brother (math/compsci major) that I could do computer stuff. My degree is in International Studies....so very very useful. I wanted to save the world from Communism 20 years ago. Now I'm working temp jobs between collecting unemployment (or should that be the other way around?). I'm encouraging my kids to be scientists....maybe they will have better career options than I had out of college.

btw, youngest of 4 kids, so I got ZERO financial aid. took out student loans to pay for EVERYTHING. Worked 2 jobs (one was a work study paying less than min wage, other was bartending). Had to defer my student loans for several years after graduating. All paid off now. (WHEW!)
Comment by Brenda on June 1, 2009 at 3:12pm
one class a semester? I hope you aren't studying technology.
Do you think it is time I take BASIC and PASCAL off my resume?
Comment by Angie Jackson on June 1, 2009 at 3:08pm
Bryan - totally understood. Yes I am now taking a more balanced approach. I don't expect to finish my degree before I'm 30, and frankly if it comes down to either sending my son or finishing myself - I'm sending him.
Comment by Wendy on June 1, 2009 at 3:04pm
oh not about that...investing early makes all the difference. But the "go to school no matter what...I did and have a mountain of debt" thing

I think that's what she wants/is doing. But honestly, going to school one class a semester? While it will get you to your goal, it'll take a hella long time to do it. What do you do in the meantime?
Comment by Angie Jackson on June 1, 2009 at 2:56pm
Uh, again I refer to the Forbes.com link a couple comments down (from 2009 - in THIS economy, not several years old assuming it "still applies). I didn't make this stuff up you know. And while trying to do the "right thing" and go to college (my mom's got a PhD and valued that a LOT more than spending any time with us as kids) my kid and I lived in my station wagon. Wanna talk again about wills and ways people?
Comment by Wendy on June 1, 2009 at 2:50pm
Bryan, my sarcast-o-meter is being repaired. Are being teh sarcastic?
Comment by Angie Jackson on June 1, 2009 at 2:02pm
Where there's a will there might be a way, but it could cost more than it's worth or take longer than you ever imagined.
Comment by Angie Jackson on June 1, 2009 at 1:58pm
In response to "parents in college". I did one semester at 21, got pregnant, spent 2 years as a WAHM (scrubbing toilets and bringing my toddler along with me) and then re-enrolled. Finances got too tight, we were briefly homeless. I'm now unemployed again. I'm waiting on response from FAFSA and if I can go back this fall I will. If my son wasn't in the EELP program (public school for pre-kindgertenars with special needs) there's no way I could afford it, as child care during class time was what made us so poor before. I have NO family help, receive NO child support, and WILL get my college degree, but accept that it may take me a decade or more to do so. Oh, for the years 2005-2007 I made a TOTAL of $10K and had to support both of us off of that and Pell Grants.

Middle class single moms and waaaaaaaay below poverty single moms just aren't in the same boat. And you really can't comprehend how beneficial family help with childcare and expenses is unless you don't have it.
 

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