Kristen McQuinn's Reviews > Parenting Beyond Belief: On Raising Ethical, Caring Kids Without Religion

Parenting Beyond Belief by Dale McGowan
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Jun 25, 2008

it was amazing
bookshelves: anthology, atheism, non-fiction, science, 2009
Read in May, 2009

This book highlights something I have always thought--teaching your children WHAT to think is child abuse. Teaching them HOW to think is what all good parents should do. Do not indoctrinate your children. Do not force your religion down their throat. Teach them about the various religions and ways of life, teach them how to think critically (and if you can't think critically, perhaps it would be best if you do not procreate), teach them about evidence and science and literature, and let them make their own decisions about religion when they're old enough to understand what religion is.

This book is a terrific selection of essays on secular parenting, ways around the religious crap surrounding a lot of holidays, ideas for how to teach your kids about religions without indoctrinating them, etc. A must-have for any parent's bookshelf.

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