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Parenting Beyond Belief: On Raising Ethical, Caring Kids Without Religion
     

Parenting Beyond Belief: On Raising Ethical, Caring Kids Without Religion

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by Dale MCGOWAN
 

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Foreword by Michael Shermer, Ph.D. Contributors include Penn Jillette, Julia Sweeney, and Dr. Donald B. Ardell This is an abridged edition of the print classic. It does not include essays by Richard Dawkins or Stephen Law. Please consult the print edition for these essays. It's hard enough to live a secular life in a religious world. And bringing up children

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Foreword by Michael Shermer, Ph.D. Contributors include Penn Jillette, Julia Sweeney, and Dr. Donald B. Ardell This is an abridged edition of the print classic. It does not include essays by Richard Dawkins or Stephen Law. Please consult the print edition for these essays. It's hard enough to live a secular life in a religious world. And bringing up children without religious influence can be even more daunting. Despite the difficulties, a large and growing number of parents are choosing to raise their kids without religion. In Parenting Beyond Belief, Dale McGowan celebrates the freedom that comes with raising kids without formal indoctrination and advises parents on the most effective way to raise freethinking children. With advice from educators, doctors, psychologists, and philosophers as well as wisdom from everyday parents, the book offers tips and insights on a variety of topics, from "mixed marriages" to coping with death and loss, and from morality and ethics to dealing with holidays. Sensitive and timely, Parenting Beyond Belief features reflections from such freethinkers as Mark Twain, Bertrand Russell, and wellness guru Dr. Don Ardell that will empower every parent to raise both caring and independent children without constraints.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780814420027
Publisher:
AMACOM
Publication date:
02/15/2011
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
304
Sales rank:
709,015
File size:
2 MB

Meet the Author

Dale McGowan, Ph.D. holds degrees in the arts and sciences from UC Berkeley, UCLA, and the University of Minnesota. In addition to a 15-year teaching career, he was editor and featured essayist for the Family Issues section of the Atheist Alliance WebCenter.

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Parenting Beyond Belief: On Raising Ethical, Caring Kids Without Religion 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
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I highly recommend this book to any non believing-or even very liberally believing-parents. A wonderful resource for handling the job of raising children in a very religious society. From specific thoughts on teaching ethics, to dealing respectfully with the religious children (and their parents) that your kids will come in contact with. I'll be giving this book as a baby shower gift to every free thinking parent to be I know!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was a bit apprehensive when I saw this at my local Barnes & Noble on the shelf next to the other hundreds of parenting books, but after reading a few chapters I decided to purchase it. My wife and I are Secular Humanists and we've been having some issues raising our two girls in the religious south, so this book was really a great find. Its combination of stories, essays, poems, and research was exactly what we needed for our inspiration and for direction in raising our children. I echo the thoughts of the other reviewers in saying Thank you Dale McGowan. I hope this is the first in a long line of parenting books.
Guest More than 1 year ago
My husband and I are recovering Catholics who have been looking for a parenting book for secular families for years. Needless to say, there wasn¿t one. Until now! Thank you Dale McGowan!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Finally, SOMETHING! My wife and I are about to bring our first child into the world and were happy when we found a book that discusses ways to deal with the issue of holidays, belief in Santa/Easter Bunny, moral development in children without the threat of eternal punishment, how to tackle the questions kids are bound to ask about life/death, and so much more. Overall, it is a great resource for humanist or atheist parents 'or wannabe parents' who wish to raise rational, freethinking children with the skills to make up their own minds as adults. The essays are from a wide variety of people with viewpoints, backgrounds, and ideas not always similar. It was the contrast of ideas that helped my wife and I form a game plan on how we can raise children who will never stop asking 'why?' for the right reasons. Our favorite sections are Does God Exist, which is written in a wonderfully and easy to understand conversational style by Stephen Law, and Dealing with Death in a Secular family by Kendyl Gibbons. Although the piece that I'm sure we'll go back to over and over is the list famous freethinkers. Ahhh resources, magnificent, beautiful resources... My only complaint, and it is to be unavoidable, is that this book didn't come sooner. It was my hope to find a solid community to immediately fall into, but it was not meant to be. And even though there are over 20 million of us in the US, it IS hard to rally secular people around that single ideal. So I send my heartfelt thanks to Dale McGowan for helping to foster our community. Read the book, raise intelligent, freethinking children, and the next generation will not have to work so hard to find a common identity. Edit: I also wish that more of the books suggested were still in print.