Why Would Anyone Spank a Child?

Conservative Christians promote a lot of awful values, but spanking has to be somewhere near the top of the list. It’s not just the few notable examples of parents who beat their children to the point of death — but parents who spank their kids at all. It makes no sense to think that you [Read More…]

Ask Richard: Helping My Teen Son With His Profound Questions

Note: Letter writers’ names are changed to protect their privacy. My fourteen-year-old son admitted he is going through his existential crisis (my words, not his). What is an effective way to guide and support him through this time in his life while enabling him to find his own meaning? David Dear David, First, with a [Read More…]

Introducing Mothers Beyond Belief

Noelle George has created a Facebook group for mothers to talk about parenting/pregnancy/etc from a secular perspective — it’s called Mothers Beyond Belief (and, in case you’re wondering, Foundation Beyond Belief is aware of the group’s name and fully supports it). Why join? Not that I have direct experience in the matter myself, but I [Read More…]

You Can Teach Values and Ethics Without Religion

Elizebeth Joy isn’t raising her children in any religious faith, but she’s teaching them a set of values that rivals anything you’ll ever find in a holy book: Be Kind and Gentle to everyone and everything. Treat others the way you want to be treated. Have love for humanity and the universe. Enjoy this life [Read More…]

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…]