Parenting Beyond Belief

Parenting Beyond Belief

On Raising Ethical, Caring Kids Without Religion

Book - 2007
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Why am I here? What happens after we die? These are some of the hardest questions a child can ask—and even harder for parents to answer, especially if you’ve chosen to raise your child without religion.

Gathering the perspectives of educators and psychologists, as well as wisdom from everyday parents, Parenting Beyond Belief offers insights and advice on a wide range of topics including:

  • Instilling values
  • Finding meaning and purpose
  • Navigating holidays
  • Coping with loss
  • Finding community without religion…and more

The second edition of this secular parenting bestseller brings back reflections from such celebrated freethinkers as Richard Dawkins and Julia Sweeney, and adds new voices including journalist Wendy Thomas Russell, essayist Katherine Ozment, sociologist Phil Zuckerman, and many others.

Wise, entertaining, and deeply supportive, the book will empower parents in their quest to raise ethical, compassionate, and open-minded children—without religion.

Amacom Books
"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, and from 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."

Publisher: New York : American Management Association, 2007
Description: xiv, 290 p. ; 23 cm
ISBN: 9780814474266
Branch Call Number: 649.7 Par
Additional Contributors: McGowan, Dale.


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Jan 20, 2018

As a grandfather trying to grips with questions about `the majority Christian culture' in which we find ourselves, *Parenting...* was very helpful to me. A great variety of writers provides slightly shifting points of view as well as very varied backgrounds. My favourite might be Julia Sweeney the `reformed' Catholic. McGowan provides a preface to each Chapter which is also useful. The resources described towards the end are almost overwhelming - where to start with further investigations.

Oct 12, 2014

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 . . . . . and . . . . . “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

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