Tonight at our monthly meeting, we will be talking about raising kids in secular households. In our religiously blanketed culture, this can sometimes be a challenge. I’m curious to hear how members who are also parents address this issue.
For me, it’s more about equipping my child with critical-thinking skills. I want to teach him (to borrow a phrase) how to think, not what to think. Additionally, I hope to instill in him enough self-esteem to challenge religious ideas and thoughts without succumbing to peer pressure. Fortunately for us, we live in a very liberal area. I can’t imagine how much more difficult it would be for non-religious parents raising kids smack dab in the Bible Belt.
Luckily there are many resources for parents online. Here are a few I found:
- Parenting Beyond Belief: On Raising Caring, Ethical Kids Without Religion by Dale McGowan
- Raising Freethinkers-by Dale McGowan
- What Do you Believe?- by DK Publishing (an explanation of various religions and philosophies for kids).
- Kids Without God- A website from the American Humanist Association
- Parenting Beyond Belief
- Kids Without Religion
- Atheist Mom
- Atheist Dad
- Camp Quest-
- Camp Inquiry
Lastly, I’d like to leave you with this YouTube video. I think it is a good representation of what most atheists, agnostics, humanists believe when it comes to raising our kids.
Hope to see some of you tonight at the meeting!