Why I’m Vaccinating My Son

Another community has learned the hard way not to trust anti-vaccine activists. This time, it's the Somali-American immigrant community in Minneapolis:In the early 2000s, the large Somali immigrant population had high vaccination rates. But in 2008, fear that their children were suffering from higher rates of autism swept through the community. Though research later concluded that autism rates were not unusually high in the community, anti-vaccination activists pounced on the panic. The … [Read more...]

Photo Sunday: Ecstatic

One thing we can relearn from babies is the way they live and feel entirely in the present, untroubled by the past, unanxious about the future. Capturing this one transcendent moment of happiness, I was reminded of a quote:"The word 'infant' is derived from the Latin word for 'unable to speak,' but you'll be perfectly capable of saying one thing: 'I suffer,' and you'll do it tirelessly and without hesitation. I have to admire your utter commitment to that statement; when you cry, you'll … [Read more...]

I’m Not Responsible For My Son’s Soul

If you browse relationships advice forums like Reddit's, you'll find many threads started by people asking how they can get out from under the thumb of fundamentalist families. Here's a recent one:This hurt more than anything else. "I love you, but". If there has been an overwhelming feeling I have received from all of my family members in the last year, it has been conditional love.I am so afraid that I will have to limit or cut off contact with my family, and I don't want to. I want … [Read more...]

What I Will Teach My Children

By Jennifer Filipowicz (aka Super Happy Jen) “What will you teach your children?”  This was a question posed to me when I recently wore an atheist t-shirt to a child’s birthday party.   What a broad question, thought I, and not knowing quite how to answer, it stuck with me.Today my three-and-a-half-year-old found a fly buzzing around my bedroom.  “When flies are outside we don’t kill them but when they come inside we have to kill them!” he exclaimed.“Or we could just live and let live,” I r … [Read more...]

Parenting Beyond Belief

I have the privilege tonight of telling my readers about a wonderful project that's gotten me feeling very excited. The author Dale McGowan has edited a book of essays for parents on the topic of raising a child without religion, titled Parenting Beyond Belief, to be released next month.This is a particularly important gap in atheist literature, which is why I'm so glad to see a serious effort being made to bridge it. Although some books, like the FFRF's Just Pretend, have addressed this … [Read more...]