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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.

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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 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.
Comment by Robyn on June 1, 2009 at 1:45pm
First off, does anyone besides me see the irony of the spouse of an IRS employee doing work "off the books?" LOL

You know Syndi, I think you're sincere in what you believe to be true about financial aid, but do you really think all these people on here telling you they can't get aid are just making it up? Do you think one anecdote from you trumps the experience of the people on here posting their own experience?

I truly don't think you realize just how offensive some of your wording is. And I say this with respect and from personal experience because I have the same problem. Sometimes I'm accused of being a bitch simply because I speak bluntly and don't mince words. But other times I am just being a bitch and/or judgmental.

I tend agree with you that "When there's a will, there's a way." But along life's path, I've learned that very little is black and white, because to say nothing is black and white would be irony at it's finest. ;) So I've revised my own belief to be "When there's a will, there's almost always a way." Sometimes there just isn't.
Comment by Wendy on June 1, 2009 at 1:20pm
good FSM you're basing your entire opinion on ONE anecdote? The "off the books" business probably helps/

One story doesn't cut it for me. Sweet weeping jebus you're the type of person that would probably say "any mother could be a SAHM if she REALLY wanted to"

whatever there's no making you believe that just because one, two or even THREE people could do that doesn't mean that ALL can. There are so many extenuating circumstances it's hard to start.

and AGAIN since this is a PARENTING FORUM, one would assume we're talking about PARENTS going to school. Got a story about THAT one?
 

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