July 28, 2020

I have known my stepdaughter from the time she was three. I used to sit with her for hours and paint and draw and colour. She loved anything that required focus and calm and creativity. We made homemade ravioli, we would read stories together and at restaurants, she’d be happy as pie just sitting there with the little cup of crayons and a page to colour on. And then I had my son. We are still not entirely convinced I… Read more

July 18, 2020

If I had to walk the dog in the sticky heat tonight, I was going to be entertained while I did and so I decided to load up my fellow Canadian, Shannon Q’s channel for a listen. She had Jimmy Snow (Dear Mr. Atheist) on as a guest to discuss the atheist “community” and what ensued was one of the most inspiring conversations I’ve listened to in a long time. I found myself brimming with things to say, but I couldn’t… Read more

June 9, 2020

“If they find out I’m an atheist, they might kill me.” These are words I never thought would be strung together six years ago. I started at this as a naive blogger, having been raised atheist in a secular part of the world. It never so much as crossed my mind someone could be killed for not believing something. You know this about me already. I say it more often than Trump says tremendous. The thing is, I say it… Read more

June 4, 2020

Listen, I’m not an expert on anything except maybe how to disappear your kid’s Halloween candy without them noticing. But I digress. My friends, I want to talk to you about race and racism and how to make sure we’re raising kids who don’t perpetuate the BS of previous generations.  It floored me when this topic came up in a local Facebook group. I live in an all-white, rural town full of housewives who spend each day selling each other… Read more

April 7, 2020

Explaining this pandemic and the myriad ways life has changed to a child is no easy task. Overall, our kids have been really great about everything, but there have been a few rough spots. In the beginning, we had to tell my stepdaughter that she couldn’t go to Vancouver to see her mom during spring break. She’d booked a tattoo appointment and put a down payment on it. Her mom had also bought her Billie Eilish tickets as a grad… Read more

April 3, 2020

As with any crisis, the spread of COVID-19 across our globe has brought out the holier-than-thou en masse. All you have to do is take a quick scroll through your Facebook feed, and you’ll have no trouble finding someone telling you that your method of coping is unacceptable. Whether they are attacking the use of humour to get through this time of uncertainty or they’re suggesting that we must only share the good news and save the bad, they’re there,… Read more

April 2, 2020

Few people are unaffected by the pandemic hitting our species right now. Whether you’re rich or poor, black or white, Christian, atheist or Jewish, every group is suffering the fallout of COVID-19. As such, this is no time to start blaming each other, and that’s not what I am trying to do with this post. I feel it necessary to mention that there are plenty of religious people out there who are putting facts and science before their faith. They… Read more

March 30, 2020

As the entire world grapples with the threat of coronavirus, many of us have found ourselves thinking more about death than we ever did before. Many of us are struggling with grief and loss and trying to find some way to cope. Some way to get back to normal. I get a lot of questions about dealing with death normally, but now I am getting them more than ever. I wish I could tell you how to cope, but I… Read more

March 26, 2020

So it comes in waves. You come across a particularly grim article, with forecasts that make you wonder what, if anything, will be left after all of this. And then maybe you see a tweet that makes you think, well, hey, perhaps this won’t be so bad after all. The waves go really low, though, and over time you find yourself sinking lower and lower into a pit of anxiety. Usually, I’m a pretty optimistic person. I prefer to focus… Read more

March 5, 2020

I’ve had the pleasure of connecting with tons of secular parents here on the intertubes since starting the Godless Mom blog. I hear lots of stories… some are sad, some are triumphant, some just gutting. There are a few things I hear though, that just strike me as strange. These things feel counterproductive to me and could have the opposite effect you are hoping them to. Here’s a handful of the most frequent actions taken by atheist parents who contact me, that… Read more

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