Atheists Raising Children

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:

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Links/Blogs-

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.

See it here.

Hope to see some of you tonight at the meeting!

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One thought on “Atheists Raising Children

  1. Chris C.

    Great topic…I am still in Austin, but for you parents out there I thought I would mention the following…
    I taught elementary school for several years and almost every year I would have a child talk to me about church…they were concerned or felt left out because they didn’t go to church like their friends’ did. And since their families didn’t go to church, they weren’t sure what to do about it. It seemed to really confuse and upset them…This wasn’t the result of deep theological thinking or religious pressure from their peers, but more a feeling of “not belonging” or “missing out” on something. Their friends would talk about what they did in Sunday School or at Vacation Bible School and they hadn’t participated…that sort of thing. Seems somewhat challenging to deal with all the issues kids might be feeling. Good luck!

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