Monthly Archives: June 2012

You, too, Can Raise a Moral Child (Maybe)

I recently came across a video clip of Julia Sweeney talking about her encounter with Mormon missionaries for a TED talk. I appreciated the clip for two reasons: 1) I grew up with Mormons and her description of their fervent … Continue reading

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The People Song

In my first post, I explained that one of the events in my life which cemented my atheism was the birth of my first child. Shortly after her birth, I sat in the glider with her and realized I was … Continue reading

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The Lies We Tell

My oldest daughter and I have participated in a parent education co-op preschool (similar to this one) for the past two years. Part of my education, as a parent student at this school, is grounded in the idea that parents need clear … Continue reading

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A Win in the Wilderness

I have recently felt like a small boat buffeted by increasingly rough and high waves. War on Women? Check. Attacks by the Christian Right on basic freedoms? Check. War against Science and Logic? Check. Every Child and Educator Left Behind? … Continue reading

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“Neener, Neener” or “My Kid got into a Better Preschool than Yours!”

Theoretically, I know a lot about school choice.  I know a lot about the importance of play-based education in early childhood. I know a lot about privilege (and I am privileged in many ways). I know a lot about building … Continue reading

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The Birth of Freethinking Parent

I am a mom.  I am an atheist. These identities are neither mutually exclusive nor contradictory in my life. In fact, becoming a mom is what prompted me to be more honest about my lack of belief in god. I … Continue reading

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