As a mother of 2 teenage boys I can say that parenting is hard. Being an atheist parent is even harder!
My husband and I have fought with the schools and their sports programs for years. We have had to try and explain to our children why their best friend isn't allowed to talk to them anymore after that friends' parents discovered we are atheists.
My kids have had to endure stiffled giggles and a pat on the head, as if they were silly or uniformed, when they expressed to a teacher that they are atheist and so didn't get the bible referenced question on an exam. Or worse yet, got a failing grade because they didn't get the Eve and apple question, and/or the Noah and the ark question correct .
Our youngest quit playing football for his school because he refused to participate in Wednesday practice bible study and was benched for his refusal. My husband and I have heard countless reassurances that our children will not be exiled or singled out for their lack-of beliefs only to watch them (our kids) be tormented, singled out, and benched.
Our eldest leaves for college in August and we were thrilled to see the university he is attending had an atheist group but saddened that at the open house we attended they did not have a table set up but the many christian groups did.
Our 15 year old decided a couple of months ago that he believes in reincarnation. When asked about his newfound belief he said that people who believe in a god are stupid and uneducated but that he thinks he would like to be reincarnated as a bird, or maybe a domestic cat/dog and in his brain he can choose to believe he will be reincarnated after he dies if he wants to. I told him that if he promised not to become a scientologist he could believe anything he wants. lol!
I have watched my kids suffer for being an atheist living in the bible belt south and I am constantly in awe of their compassion, willingness to give back, and their tolerance. Although, one of my sons is considering going to a local church in order to, in his words, "hook up with this really hot chick".
Guess my job is far from over! =)