1. Fathers and Sons
Over the past few days we've really gotten to know each other better. He's been tested and currently places on the mild end of the ASD scale (I'm likely right there with him) -… Continue
Added by Godless Poutine on June 17, 2012 at 3:50pm —
Back in February I made the first post (Teaching Religious Mythology 1: Noah's Ark) of what I intend to be series on introducing different religious stories to kids and what resources are out there to help accomplish… Continue
Added by Godless Poutine on March 20, 2012 at 3:00pm —
The Columbus, Ohio newspaper, The Republic, just today printed the story Religion: Battle Over Circumcision, describing the battle that is erupting in San Francisco over a November 8 ballot that would ban male circumcision. While much of the article tries to distract readers from the issue by making reference to Foreskin Man and how it incites the anger of religious groups like Jews. I think the real issue is not what the author of “Foreskin Man” is up to, but the fact that there is an… Continue
Added by Brian Bridson on July 15, 2011 at 7:30pm —
Copied from my blog at http://liberalatheisthippie.blogspot.com
When my son came home a few days ago and announced, "Charlie's* an atheist like me!", I felt my chest tighten. After a deep breath, we had a short discussion about personal beliefs and why some people might get upset with him if their beliefs are different from his and then I reminded him that he is still learning and suggested he might want to hold off… Continue
Added by Cara F. on March 8, 2011 at 4:15pm —
Unfortunately, not alive. I'm completely outraged over this murder and the mother involved...and with Nancy Grace for telling this 'mother' "all of America is behind you". Well, no I'm not. I feel terrible for the little boy and the agonizing death he must have… Continue
Added by mrs kelligurl on February 2, 2011 at 1:29pm —
You have to wonder, "What the hell are they thinking," but you can't put words in their mouths and mothers are sacred. Can you convince them that no one has died from prank tainted Halloween candy? Of course not. Because they are parents. And having children turns you into an insane person who is listened to by other insane people, the politicians, who govern our lives based on whatever batshit crazy… Continue
Added by Rev Hellbound Alleee on November 21, 2010 at 6:29pm —
The "usual" criticism of homeschooling stacks up like this:
* lack of testing
* homeschoolers have fewer resources
* poor quality of teacher
* homeschoolers are ideologically-driven
* homeschooled children are ill-equipped to function in society
* and keeping funding from the public schools.
I am delighted to take each of these issues separately.… Continue
Added by Karen Loethen on September 19, 2010 at 11:14pm —
This post was originally posted on my Facebook page and it is geared to Christians and Atheists alike. I posted it here for… Continue
Added by Glen Sutton on August 19, 2010 at 11:30am —
I was greatly amused last week to see that my husband pulled out "Baby's First Mythos" to read to our son at bedtime.
The kid may end up learning about Cthulhu before he learns about Jesus! Which is fine with me, because he will probably use that knowledge more in certain circles and at certain times in his life.
We also have a children's book about Noah's Ark. I don't object to it at all. He will probably need to know the Noah's Ark story by the time he reaches kindergarten,… Continue
Added by G. Silva on August 19, 2010 at 7:30am —
Today I heard about a single mother who got so fed up with her son playing video games all night that she called the cops on him!! She actually dialed an emergency number and had the police come to parent her son!
WHAT THE HELL!
I have heard so many STUPID, RECKLESS misuses of 911, from a wrong fast food order to videos games apparently, it's just unbelievable. Do people really think that we have unlimited emergency resources? Do people really believe they can call 911… Continue
Added by Sarah Elle on December 22, 2009 at 5:30pm —
"Dad Dad, come here, you've got
to see this."
I followed Connor (14) into the kitchen, where our dog Gowser, a 65 lb. Rhodesian ridgeback mix, was eating contentedly.
Connor got down on all fours and began nuzzling his face toward the food bowl, making slurping noises. Suddenly from deep in Gowser's throat came a sound I had never heard her make – a deep, angry growl.
"Connor, stop now!"
I yelled. "Back… Continue
Added by Dale McGowan on September 9, 2009 at 1:53pm —
Editor/author, Parenting Beyond Belief
and Raising Freethinkers
Astrology survived Copernicus.
That's my simple response whenever someone suggests to me that science will eventually put religion out of business.
By all rights, astrology should have been forced out of business in 1543.… Continue
Added by Dale McGowan on March 5, 2009 at 9:00am —
Parenting for Non-Belief
By Chris Brockman
If you are a non-believer in God and a parent, you might wish to have your children grow up an:
• Whatever the child decides on his or her own.
You then have the task, as a conscientious parent, to choose and implement a strategy for achieving the outcome you deem best.
The last on the list, I think, not only obviates a strategy, it is an abrogation… Continue
Added by Chris Brockman on January 13, 2009 at 2:10pm —
Give me the fruitful error any time, full of seeds, bursting with its own corrections. You can keep your sterile truth for yourself.
Economist VILFREDO PARETO
, referring to the errors of Kepler
In 1847, around the time Pareto was conceived, an obstetrician by the name of Ignaz Semmelweis noticed that pregnant women in his hospital were much more likely to die if their babies were delivered by doctors than by… Continue
Added by Dale McGowan on December 23, 2008 at 9:28am —
She's 14 and she snuck into a night club on Friday night with another little friend.
First she lied to me and said that she was gonna spend the night at the friend's house. So I called to check up on her and she was clearly at a party with a lot of kids yelling in the background. I asked to talk to her friend's mother and she handed the phone to a teenage boy who tried to fake a grown man's voice and tell me that he was the other girl's father. When I asked for the address to pick… Continue
Added by HotMess on December 14, 2008 at 8:47pm —
What is wanted is not the will to believe, but the will to find out, which is the exact opposite.
in Sceptical Essays
here was a time when I was a quiet, closeted nonbeliever. It was a smallish moment that tipped me from passive disbelief to secular humanist activism. Not some Robertson/Falwell nonsense, nor a Bushism, not the abuse of children nor the disempowerment of women nor… Continue
Added by Dale McGowan on November 25, 2008 at 4:49pm —
by Dale McGowan
Author/editor of Parenting Beyond Belief: On Raising Ethical, Caring Kids Without Religion
"Daddy!! Something's wrong with Max!!" Erin's face was a mask of anguish. "He's making sounds I've never heard before...and he's laying wrong!"
Erin's guinea pig Max, the first pet that was all her own, was clearly not OK. The vet… Continue
Added by Dale McGowan on November 16, 2008 at 4:00pm —
When first I turned the key
on the Meming of Life, I poked around the Internets a bit to see who else might be blogging about secular parenting. I found four: Noell Hyman's Agnostic Mom, The Atheist Mama, Atheist in a Minivan,
and Humanist… Continue
Added by Dale McGowan on November 13, 2008 at 2:02pm —
There are countless congratulatory messages for President-elect Obama this morning, all well-deserved. The most remarkably gifted presidential candidate of our time managed somehow to negotiate an unimaginably grueling campaign, and we, despite ourselves, managed to elect him. Shout-outs all around.
But I wanted to take a moment to recognize one of the people who by his own account helped make
him what he is -- his nonreligious mother, Ann Dunham.
Added by Dale McGowan on November 5, 2008 at 10:10am —
The second installment in a nine-part series on best practices for nonreligious parenting. Back to BEST PRACTICES #1.
If the Ten Commandments had been posted at Columbine High School, the April 20 massacre would never have happened. --former Republican Congressman and current Libertarian Presidential candidate BOB BARR, at a press conference on June 17,… Continue
Added by Dale McGowan on October 30, 2008 at 2:48pm —