Parenting Beyond Belief: On Raising Ethical, Caring Kids Without Religion by Dale AmacomParenting Beyond Belief: On Raising Ethical, Caring Kids Without Religion by Dale Amacom

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

byDale Amacom

Paperback | April 25, 2007

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Foreword by Michael Shermer, Ph.D. Contributors include Richard Dawkins, Penn Jillette, Julia Sweeney, and Dr. Donald B. Ardell 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, andfrom morality and ethics to dealing with holidays. Sensitive and timely, Parenting Beyond Belief features reflections from such freethinkers as Mark Twain, Richard Dawkins, Bertrand Russell, and wellness guru Dr. Don Ardell that will empower every parent to raise both caring and independent children without constraints. "
Dale McGowan, Ph.D. (Minneapolis, MN) 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.
Title:Parenting Beyond Belief: On Raising Ethical, Caring Kids Without ReligionFormat:PaperbackDimensions:304 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.78 inPublished:April 25, 2007Publisher:AmacomLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0814474268

ISBN - 13:9780814474266


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent This book is full of wonderful stories from other parents wishing to bring their children up as freethinkers. It is full of great ideas, great thinking and wonderful resources. It's so refreshing to hear about others that wish to refrain from the abuse that most of the planet has endured at the hands of their parents - the thoughtless dumping of their archaic beliefs, filling their children's heads with lies and fear instead of arming them with the tools they require to make the incredible opportunity they have been given at life the best that it can be. It's such a huge chance that we get a chance at life at all. Here is a taste of a way to help your child think for themselves and live their lives to the fullest instead of wasting it by "preparing" for an afterlife that will never come.
Date published: 2007-12-06

Editorial Reviews

Parents on both sides of the culture war will find this book a compelling read.' -Newsweek, July 16, 2007 "... Parenting Beyond Belief provides engaging anecdotes about the challenges of raising children without religion.' Humanist "Parenting Beyond Belief serves not only as a guide to families who choose not to make that identification, but it also made me feel that those of us who are struggling with these issues are not so alone.' - PunditMom ( "The editor, Dale McGowan, a writer, educator, husband and parent of three, has pulled off the difficult task of weaving together diverse parts into a very cohesive whole. It sure helps that most of these parts (the individual essays) are simply terrific! ... Parenting Beyond Belief is not only an interesting and enjoyable read, it is also stuffed full with good information and pointers to other sources.' - JohnLogsdon, "Sex, Genes, & Evolution" and the Iowa Secularists Newsletter "