Parenting Hellions

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Atheist Parents

Being an atheist in a religious culture is a challenging situation and being an atheist parent is an even more daunting position for one to be in. Have you ever asked yourself how you can be an atheist parent?

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Comment by Bleacheddecay on November 30, 2009 at 10:17am
There is a common misconception that Christmas is about Christ. In fact, winter holidays date far further back. IMO, it should be about being with family and enjoying that.

Yes, some celebrate and some do not. IMO, anyone who enjoys being with family and celebrating a holiday should do so. We will be and it won't be about religion for us.
Comment by Stevie on August 25, 2009 at 7:21pm
Hello! New girl here & Mom of 3 Beautiful Atheist Children :)
Comment by Morgan Matthew on January 14, 2009 at 5:47pm
Remember you can Start a forum discussion with in this group right above this comment wall :)
Comment by Andy Urban on January 13, 2009 at 5:27pm
Kids get the majority of their values by the age of 6. The trick is to prevent their indoctrination by society and their peers. Children tend to take on the social and behavioral traits of their parents - good or bad. With that said, all we can do is lead by example, teach our children well and one can have a reasonable expectation for the best.

I have no problem with my boys hanging around children of religious people. Most of the time the subject doesn't come up, and my kids instinctively know to steer the conversation away from religion if it ever comes up.
Comment by Thomas J Williams on January 13, 2009 at 3:11pm
Chiz, if she wants to send them to church solely for the "social benefits" suggest youth groups or 4H or YMCA or something along those lines.
Comment by Alana on January 13, 2009 at 1:42pm
by 'them" i meant the children. lol
Comment by Alana on January 13, 2009 at 1:41pm
Them knowing you have conflicting views is important to showing them that one way is not necessarily “right” though.

It’s important this doesn’t become a power issue between you and your wife though. Best solution is to probably let them go to church and then ask them what they learned or talked about, then try to supplement what they learned through actual facts.

It isn’t the going to church that is the problem. It’s the way kids are taught to be unquestioning sheep through fear and parental pressure.
Comment by chiz on January 13, 2009 at 12:33pm
That's the only solution I can think of too. The problem I don't want to have is conflicting parent views.
Comment by Caers on January 13, 2009 at 12:26pm
Chiz, I find that teaching your kids to question everything, to be intelligent and to research, and to open them to all possibilities is the best avenue. Let them decide on their own, based on their experiences and their information.

That said, I don't envy the road ahead if you do have kids in that situation. It would be very difficult.
Comment by chiz on January 13, 2009 at 12:14pm
I do not have children, but my wife and I are planning on it in the future. She believes in god and is adamant on sending our children to church for the "social" benefits.

I am, obviously, opposed to this, but how can I get around it without destroying our marriage? Hopefully, I'll figure it out before I hit that juncture.

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