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Growing up godless : a parent's guide to raising kids without religion / by Deborah Mitchell.

By: Mitchell, Deborah (CNN.com commentator).
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: New York : Sterling Pub. Co., Inc., 2014Description: 297 pages ; 23 cm.Content type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 9781454910985; 1454910984.Subject(s): Religious education of children | Parenting -- Religious aspects | Free thoughtDDC classification: 649/.7
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Enhanced descriptions from Syndetics:

In a nation where religion plays such a big role, how can you raise a child without God? How do you instill morality, answer questions about mortality, and handle believers who expect to get a one-way ticket to heaven by converting you? Deborah Ann Mitchell, who has blogged and written columns on the subject, provides guidance to agnostics and atheists struggling with how to assert their beliefs in a reasoned, nonconfrontational, and honest manner.

Includes index.

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Table of contents provided by Syndetics

  • Foreword (p. xi)
  • A Disclaimer (p. xiv)
  • Introduction (p. xvi)
  • Things to Learn
  • Raising Kids without Religion (p. 2)
  • How to Find Me in Heaven: My Big Lie (p. 5)
  • Big Questions and Little Kids (p. 7)
  • In the Beginning (p. 10)
  • What I Tell My Kids about Heaven (p. 12)
  • Creating a Moral Structure (p. 14)
  • Discipline without God (p. 38)
  • Developing Critical Thinking Skills (p. 23)
  • I Have a Plan for Me: How We Help Our Children Find Meaning (p. 29)
  • New Commandments (p. 31)
  • What Is Good, and How Do We Teach Kids Right from Wrong? (p. 35)
  • What Happens When We Die: Talking to Kids about Their Mortality (p. 39)
  • Crazy Kids and Fearful Parents (p. 43)
  • Who Needs Church?: Keeping Kids Out of Trouble (p. 46)
  • Guardian Angels: What I've Taken from My Children (p. 50)
  • Why Moms Pray (p. 52)
  • Prayer, Clarity, and Self-Comfort (p. 54)
  • Old Moms (p. 58)
  • Sex, Sluts, and Madonnas (p. 60)
  • Girls: Subjects and Objects (p. 63)
  • Terrorists (p. 69)
  • Can Two Boys Marry? (p. 71)
  • Violence and Crime and Emotional Health (p. 75)
  • Sometimes Cheaters Win (p. 81)
  • New Drivers: Creating a Healthy Conscience (p. 83)
  • Letting Go: When Children Leave (p. 85)
  • Teachers and Peers
  • Lei's Teach Religion in the Classroom (p. 90)
  • God in School: Teachers Who Recruit (p. 98)
  • On the Playground (p. 96)
  • What to Tell Classmates (p. 100)
  • Bad Babies (p. 104)
  • Taking God's Thunder versus Taking Life (p. 106)
  • Are We Smarter than a Sixth-Grader?: Fear of the Unknown (p. 108)
  • Intelligent Design: A Misnomer? (p. 110)
  • Sleepover (p. 113)
  • Please Don't Ask God for a Win (p. 116)
  • How to Handle Prayer Groups (p. 118)
  • Boy Scouts and Other Options (p. 120)
  • Family and Friends
  • Coming Out to Family and Friends (p. 124)
  • When to Spill the Beans (p. 129)
  • Leaving (p. 134)
  • Dealing with Death in the Family (p. 137)
  • Ways to Help the Dying (p. 142)
  • Eulogy from a Physicist (p. 146)
  • Instead of 'I'll Pray for You (p. 149)
  • Disapproving Grandparents (p. 151)
  • Request for Advice: When Kids Are a Little Older (p. 154)
  • The Best Thing We Can Give to Our Kids (p. 160)
  • Parents and Marriages of Different Faiths (p. 163)
  • Love (p. 169)
  • Social Networking Etiquette for Nonbelievers (p. 172)
  • Misconceptions and Learning to Live without Knowing (p. 174)
  • Rituals and Holidays
  • Mystery and Creating Rituals (p. 180)
  • Church Manners and Old Rules (p. 183)
  • Happy Meal Baptism A (p. 187)
  • They Had Good Food (p. 190)
  • He "Decides" (p. 192)
  • Giving Thanks (p. 194)
  • Agnostic Prayers (p. 197)
  • That Silly Santa-I Mean, Satan (p. 200)
  • Celebrating Christmas (p. 202)
  • The Reason for the Season (p. 205)
  • Hearsay (p. 209)
  • Milk and Cookies for Santa (p. 211)
  • Easter Candy (p. 212)
  • Faster without Religion (p. 214)
  • An Easter Story: Forgiveness and Little Things (p. 217)
  • Perspective from an Ex-Jehovah's Witness (p. 221)
  • In the Community
  • God in the Doctor's Office (p. 226)
  • Homeschooling: Keeping Your Opinion to Yourself (p. 228)
  • No, Thanks: The Church Lady at the Gym (p. 230)
  • Other Awkward Situations in Our Communities (p. 232)
  • A Hero at the Car Wash (p. 235)
  • Nonbelievers in Government (p. 241)
  • Tithing (p. 245)
  • Lessons Learned
  • Why I Don't Believe (p. 250)
  • Let's Think about This Story a Little (p. 253)
  • Seeds (p. 256)
  • Turning the Other Cheek: Our Kids Teach Us Lessons, Too (p. 258)
  • Nag: A Better Way to Teach a Lesson (p. 260)
  • Desensitizing the Next Generation (p. 262)
  • Dumb Parents (p. 264)
  • Smile (p. 265)
  • The Catholic Argument (p. 267)
  • Failure (p. 269)
  • Separation Anxiety (p. 272)
  • Win-Win (p. 274)
  • Why I Don't Take Rejection Personally (p. 276)
  • God Bless You and Other Things We're Not Supposed to Say (p. 278)
  • Dress Rehearsal (p. 280)
  • Rivers: Why We Should Embrace Our Neighbors (p. 282)
  • Understanding (p. 284)
  • Last Words from the Cross (p. 287)
  • Conclusion (p. 290)
  • Resources for Nonbelievers (p. 292)
  • Acknowledgments (p. 293)
  • Index (p. 294)