Ask Richard: Mother Gets Unwelcome Religious Advice About Her Shy Son

Dear Richard, I recently shared concerns I have with my SIL about how my 10-year old son is having a terrible time trying to interact with the kids in our neighborhood. We just moved here so he doesn’t know anybody, and he literally runs away if approached. (We’re seeking professional help.) She was very supportive, [Read More…]

You Can’t Win When Kids Ask Questions

This isn’t going to end well… See the full strip for how that conversation went down. (Don’t forget the red dot!) It brings to mind comedian Louis CK‘s hilarious bit about children and the futility of answering their questions: You can’t win, even with the best of intentions… (via Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal — thanks [Read More…]

We’re Ignoring Parents At Our Movement’s Own Risk

Regarding the topic of how to use our skepticism in more diverse ways, Dren Asselmeier at the Center for Inquiry offers a list of topics that atheist parents might find very relevant to talk about, but we rarely discuss them as a group: Why do the atheist, freethought, and skeptical movements seem to completely ignore [Read More…]

A Group for Atheist Parents in Chicago

We talk a lot about how to get minorities involved in our groups — but atheist parents of young children are a minority that often gets ignored. A lot of local atheist/skeptic meetings take place in bars, but you can’t bring your children there. There may be conferences you want to attend, but you’d have [Read More…]

What Do You Do When Your Kids Are Indoctrinated Against Your Will?

The scenario: Donald‘s wife dropped their kids off with her parents for a week. (A mini-vacation. Yay!) But grandma knows Donald and his wife are atheists… (Damn sinners.) So she knows exactly what she’s going to do with the grandkids: Send them to a weeklong Vacation Bible School. Donald talks about his concern: … no [Read More…]


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