Raising Freethinkers: A Practical Guide for Parenting Beyond Belief

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AMACOM Div American Mgmt Assn, Feb 11, 2009 - Family & Relationships - 288 pages
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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.

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WWJD?No!They can look within their own hearts....

User Review  - JoJoSpinMom - Borders

I have tried to find this book and it's predecessor,"Parenting Beyond Belief" by Dale McGowan and other contributors at every book store I visit. Humanistic parenting without religion either is not a ... Read full review

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Excellent, thought-provoking book that is for everyone. Contains terrific activities for kids and has a great attitude about how to raise a child not to just accept what you as a parent say, but to ... Read full review


The Inquiring Mind
Living and Teaching Ethics in Your Family
Secular Family Religious World
The Physical Self
Ingredients of a Life Worth Living
Celebrating Life
Death and Life
Finding and Creating Community
The Grab Bag
Recommended Films by Category
Lists of Principles

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Dale McGowan is a writer, editor, and parenting educator. He edited and coauthored Parenting Beyond Belief.

Molleen Matsumura has been a humanist activist and writer for more than 20 years and has contributed to Free Inquiry and The New Humanist.

Amanda Metskas is the Executive Director of Camp Quest, Inc.

Jan Devor is Director of Religious Education for the First Unitarian Society of Minneapolis.

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