Raising Freethinkers

Raising Freethinkers

A Practical Guide for Parenting Beyond Belief

Book - 2009
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Praised by Newsweek as "a compelling read" and Library Journal as "accessible and down-to-earth," Dale McGowan's Parenting Beyond Belief offered freethinking parents everywhere a compassionate introduction to raising caring, ethical children without religious guidance. Now, for the more than 40 million people in the United States who identify themselves as nonreligious, Raising Freethinkers offers solutions to the unique challenges secular parents face and provides specific answers to common questions, as well as over 100 activities for both parents and their children. This book covers every important topic nonreligious parents need to know to help their children with their own moral and intellectual development, including advice on religious-extended-family issues, death and life, secular celebrations, wondering and questioning, and more.

Complete with reviews of books, DVDs, curricula, educational toys, and online resources relevant to each chapter topic, Raising Freethinkers helps parents raise their children with confidence.

Publisher: New York ; Toronto : AMACOM, c2009.
ISBN: 9780814410967
Characteristics: xv, 269 p. ;,23 cm.
Additional Contributors: McGowan, Dale
Alternative Title: Raising free thinkers


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Jan 13, 2018

Good ideas, practical suggestions, examples of situations, answers to questions raised during the daily life of children in a mixed social environment. Helpful for a anyone involved in child care.

Oct 12, 2014

Also look for: . . . .
“Maybe Yes, Maybe No : a guide for young skeptics”
Barker, Daniel Edwin “Dan” 1949- author, Strassburg, Brian illustrations
Prometheus Books 1990 pbk ISBN - 10: 0879756071, ISBN - 13: 9780879756079
“Maybe Right, Maybe Wrong “
also by Barker, Daniel Edwin “Dan” 1949- author . . . Strassburg, Brian illustrations . . . . Prometheus Books 1992 pbk ISBN - 10: 0879757310, ISBN - 13: 9780879757311

librarysteph Jun 15, 2013

It has ideas about how to raise smart, independent, and compassionate children that apply to all families no matter what they believe in.Many atheist books spend more time talking about what they don't believe in and why than what they do believe in. This book is the positive, empowering book I have been looking for. It recognizes that loss of the sense of community that people feel when they leave religion and offers practical ways to regain that community without succumbing to the comfort of lies and myths. The section on how to comfort kids after a death without pretending to believe in Heaven was actually very comforting to me and I took notes for when my future kids ask about death.

Jun 11, 2013

Scary and dark life is without GOD, just looking at this book gives me the creeps

Jun 20, 2010

This is one of the best books I have ever read and it made me feel relief about the thought of parents following suggestions and ideas from this book.

Mar 23, 2010

This is a great parenting book, even for the religious. The focus is on nurturing curiosity and critical thinking, beyond dogma or tradition. I appreciate that the authors also encourages the reading of religious texts, with an open yet questioning mind. And the (over 100) activities are great, as are the long lists of resources at the end of each chapter. Overall, I'd say this book has inspired me to be a better parent.

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