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Parenting Hellions

Have kids? Want to share your experiences with other atheist parents?

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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?

Discussion Forum

Before and After: Breastfeeding and Your Boobs

Started by Sydni Moser. Last reply by Bleacheddecay Aug 22, 2012. 14 Replies

Losing friends over atheism.

Started by Janelle Campbell. Last reply by Banned Atheist Jul 2, 2012. 19 Replies

Puberty In 2nd Grade Becoming Ever More Common

Started by Sydni Moser. Last reply by Rachel May 1, 2012. 5 Replies

The Only Child: Debunking the Myths

Started by Sydni Moser. Last reply by Liz LaPoint Dec 14, 2011. 5 Replies

Children's books for Secular Parents

Started by Malgosha. Last reply by Joanna Aug 30, 2011. 6 Replies

public schools, private beliefs

Started by Priscilla. Last reply by choSenfroZen Jun 10, 2011. 29 Replies

Pissed Catholic Mother

Started by Morgan Matthew. Last reply by Carol Foley May 20, 2011. 11 Replies

Baby Essentials That Aren’t, Part 7: Baby Food

Started by Sydni Moser. Last reply by Becca Mar 27, 2011. 1 Reply

Cry-It-Out: “Toxic” For Babies’ Brains

Started by Sydni Moser. Last reply by Janelle Campbell Dec 30, 2010. 7 Replies

guiding away from christianity

Started by Joli. Last reply by Janelle Campbell Dec 30, 2010. 7 Replies

The Moral Life of Babies

Started by Sydni Moser. Last reply by Ava Wilson Sep 29, 2010. 2 Replies

Religious spouse two young kids

Started by Jeremy Vore. Last reply by Serendipity Rose Sep 18, 2010. 12 Replies

Any homeschool/unschool parents here?

Started by jen o. Last reply by Serendipity Rose Sep 18, 2010. 9 Replies

Child’s Ordeal Shows Risks of Psychosis Drugs for Young

Started by Sydni Moser. Last reply by Bleacheddecay Sep 3, 2010. 1 Reply

When Good Parents Have Bad Children

Started by Sydni Moser. Last reply by Jim Jul 14, 2010. 5 Replies

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Comment by Emily Russell on November 26, 2011 at 3:24pm

Just reading various forums and talking to people, I just wanted to say I think it's great how most of the fellow atheists I come across seem to have the same frame of mind when we tell our kids about our atheist philosophies but also add that they are free to believe what they choose.

 

Growing up in a catholic family and knowing lots of other religious families, I've never known any other parents to say, we are catholic, but you are free to believe what you want. It's always, the complete opposite, or at least that's what I've experienced. I raise my children as atheists, and as much as I want them to agree with my beliefs, I want them to come to their own conclusions, in time, even if it differs from mine.

Comment by Malgosha on May 28, 2011 at 6:17pm
Hi I just joined and thought I would introduce myself. I'm a mother of one.  She is a very bright 6 year old.  I'm looking forward to getting to know everybody.
Comment by Jo on April 28, 2011 at 9:36am
To Missy: Wow, I'm in the same situation down here in Florida. I did choose to pay more and put my girls in a preschool, but they still taught them about the baby Jesus, and they love that story. So I told them, yes, that is a wonderful story, and treated it for what it really is- a nice story, just like any other myth or storybook or Disney movie for that matter. They are now in kindergarten and first grade, and they want to go to a "Kids Live" religious club after school on Tuesdays. Mostly I think they are curious, but I don't feel comfortable letting them yet because they are so young and impressionable. I take every opportunity I can to teach them at this age what is real and make believe, and what " fiction" is. This they can understand. So I lump togetherangels and magic and unicorns and elves. Later on, I will teach them what religion is, and I will take them to a church if they are curious, but only when I feel they can look at it objectively for what it is. I too have a strong dislike for religion but I feel like I have to be careful how I project that to my kids. I actively try to teach them the principals of humanism and I involve them in helping others in every way I can think of. I also have to remember that I was indoctrinated heavily as a child, and I made my own choice as a young adolescent that I didn't believe. I love this group and I'm grateful for the help and support!
Comment by Bleacheddecay on April 27, 2011 at 10:34pm

Hi Missy!

 

I live in the Deep South too. Religion surrounds us.

My kids went to a Methodist pre-school which was really wonderful. I didn't like the religion part but I didn't worry about it too much. They did so much with the kids, from swim lessons to trips to the library and yes, chapel and Christmas pageant.

 

For 5K they went to a very good public school. If I could do it all over again I would have homeschooled them from the beginning and particularly from the beginning of 5-K.

 

My girl got molested by a held back kid when in 5-K. The teacher and the school refused to take steps to keep her safe. The same child molested several other girls that year. The solution they came up with was to medicate for ADHD.

 

We were advised to medicate and hold back our son in 5-K, all of the parents of boys were told this by that particular teacher. She had her own three kids on drugs. Our son was keeping up socially and academically. He wasn't even any sort of problem in the classroom so I declined.

My son joined a boys bible club after school. For a while he told us, he was a "believer."

Our girl was threatened by others if she didn't pray with them.

Today they are both NOT religious. I never pushed my views on them.  I was always willing to discuss it though and anything else.

 

I exposed them to religion at times. As a homeschool family from 4th grade on, I made learning about different religious and belief systems all over the world a requirement.

Comment by Missy on April 27, 2011 at 9:06pm

Hi! I'm Missy I have a 8 and a 3 year old. I'm having a preschool dilemma. I unfortunately moved to the Bible belt and my daughters only options fpr school are daycare preschools which are super expensive or church school costs a lot less.  My husband and I are both Atheist but he is ok with sending her to a church because we were both raised Catholic he even went to catholic school until high school and we both made our own choices on religion.He feels I am shoving my views down her throat if we hide religion from her.  I feel being surrounded by it will force her to believe in it. Has anyone else been in this situation?? I would keep her home but I want her to be in a school environment away from me.

Comment by Andrew Hall on January 29, 2011 at 10:00pm
Thanks!
Comment by Melody Mitchell on January 29, 2011 at 9:52pm
Welcome aboard, Andrew!
Comment by Andrew Hall on January 29, 2011 at 8:35pm
Hey, I'm new here. My name is Andrew and I have a son and a daughter who are 8 and 5. I'm glad to be here.
Comment by Moria Jackson on December 28, 2010 at 12:49pm
Hi everyone!  I am a single mom to 3 kids (plus a nephew).  Ages range from 6-2, though all birthdays are coming up.  Lucky me!
Comment by Hillary Spencer on October 17, 2010 at 4:41pm
hello everyone I'm new to this group. But, this year for the holidaze i have asked all my relatives no religious gifts. and of coarse they got a tad upset. but what upsets me is they know im an atheist and they are shoving jesus down my 3 and1 yr olds faces....i was just curious how other anti-theists parents would feel about that situation
 

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Before and After: Breastfeeding and Your Boobs

Started by Sydni Moser. Last reply by Bleacheddecay Aug 22, 2012. 14 Replies

Losing friends over atheism.

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Puberty In 2nd Grade Becoming Ever More Common

Started by Sydni Moser. Last reply by Rachel May 1, 2012. 5 Replies

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