[BCHA-Parenting] new to this

Ian Bushfield ian at bushfield.ca
Wed Oct 3 12:41:18 CDT 2012

Thanks for posing the question Lori, and welcome to this small, but growing group.

I don't have kids yet myself, but the concerns you outline sound quite common. I'd recommend taking a look at Dave McGowan's websites and books Parenting Beyond Belief and Raising Freethinkers.

I'm going to try to set up a more regular MeetUp for the parents in our group, so you can help share tips and tricks.

Let me know if you have any thoughts or suggestions, because we're fairly new at this.

Ian Bushfield
Executive Director
BC Humanists

Cell: 778-848-0656

On 2012-09-30, at 8:36 AM, Lori baker <bradloribaker at gmail.com> wrote:

> I just wanted to send an email with a slight introduction and question.
> I am fairly new to the idea of actually coming out and seeking humanist/atheist websites, groups etc but have been more active in my search lately as I want to prepare myself with some knowledge that is accurate to pass to my children in the hopes that they will come to a self awareness of their own beliefs of this world.
> We've have recently moved into a new neighbourhood and many neighbours are religious and church going while we are very much not. Also, my son has recently started school (kindergarten!) and my daughter will do so next year so I want to prepare them with some response to the question, "do you go to church?" other than just no. Most parents don't seem to just accept a no answer, unfortunately. My hopes are to explain things as an on going process that is leveled to their age which is currently only  4 and 5. What I am seeking is some books that cater to this age group with content that explains that there is other beliefs/religions and perhaps some books about basic morals. We have started a dialogue about feelings and taking accountability for the way we treat others but every parent knows that this is an on going process! Upon searching the web, there are too many choices for such content to narrow down to just a few so I am asking if there is any "favs" out there that I can review.
> Thank for taking my question.
> Lori Baker
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