Greetings, David! I notice you haven't been active at Atheist Nexus since last May. Please consider a group for socializing, where we talk about whatever's on our minds, Hang With Friends. :D You might feel more at home.
We did not find it too difficult to raise our boys as free thinkers. There was some trouble from "holier-than-thou" Christians, but nothing we could not eventually overcome. Our boys are grateful to us now for not "indoctrinating" them. We not only raised them to be superstition free, but we taught them to think scientifically about everything. It seems to have worked out pretty well so far.
Hi, and welcome to this friendly meeting place where we recognise--like you as a freethinking atheist--that gods are phoney and religion is used to control people;
and how tragic and inexcusable it is that women and minorities have been oppressed these last two thousand years and more.
I was raised Southern Baptist in central Missouri. At an early age I began to have doubts and by the time I was in my early 20s, I was a non-believer. However, I didn't come "out" to my family for quite some time. It really upset my mother and father, but I couldn't continue to live the lie. My brother is a fundie preacher of the worst kind and is constantly praying for me. My husband and I raised our two boys to be free thinkers and at this time both are non-theists. They're both in your age group.
I haven't been here that long myself. I recommend that you find a few groups that you find interesting, and join them. Then have the settings on your home page so that you get an email when anyone posts to one of your groups. You can click on the link and, if it's interesting, you can post a comment. This is a quick way to get to know A|N and the people here.