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AtheismTraditions & Celebrations

How to Handle Santa When You Don’t Really Like Him That Much

Before my daughter turned three, I was pretty adamantly anti-Santa. Every parent approaches this issue in their own way, whatever their personal beliefs. I’ve heard good arguments from other atheist or skeptical parents who use Santa as a critical-thinking exercise for their kids—meaning that they don’t tell them that Santa …

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ActivitiesTraditions & Celebrations

Last Minute Father’s Day Gift Ideas for Grounded Dads

This post was inspired by a thread on the Woo Free Peaceful Parents Facebook group and includes suggestions from there and from our Grounded Parents team. Enjoy! Science! Periodic Table Building Blocks Get your learning on with these solid wood building blocks printed with the elements of the periodic table. …

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Traditions & Celebrations

The Gender Politics of Christmas Lights

Now that Christmas is almost here, I love to walk around my neighborhood after dark to look at the Christmas lights. There’s a wide range reflecting diverse tastes and traditions: white lights wrapped around railings and tree trunks, colored lights flashing patterns and changing colors, over-the-top ensembles complete with inflatable …

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Ages 2-5AtheismTraditions & Celebrations

Reasons I am a Horrible Mother, Christmas Edition

A few weeks ago my 5 year old came up to me and said these 5 fateful words, “Mommy, Santa isn’t real, right?” As first I was a little stunned, because she had previously been pretty all in on this Santa thing. We have kind of half-assed it, to be …

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ReligionTraditions & Celebrations

Festivus Carols for the Secular of Us

I love Christmas. Granted, the Christmas that I love is a totally cultural and secular holiday that has only the barest connection to anything relating to the sacred Christian holiday. Since my totally heathen childhood, I have loved the lights and the trees and the presents and believing, then not …

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HistoryTraditions & Celebrations

The Time Traveller’s Guide for Parents #4: Mothering Sunday

England, 18th century “THE Word Lent in the Saxon Tongue signifies Spring, and because this Time of Fasting begins in the Spring, it therefore borrows its Name from the Season, and is called Lent. THIS Fast is of such great Antiquity, that it seems to have been used from the …

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ActivitiesHow ToHumorTraditions & Celebrations

A Very Pinterest-ing New Year’s Eve With Kids

For some reason, I’ve recently rediscovered my addiction to Pinterest. As I’ve said before, this is mostly about questionable decision-making with respect to dips. Behold — cream cheese in the shape of a snowman! In the midst of all of this dip-judging, I fell down a rabbit hole filled with ideas for celebrating New Year’s Eve …

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Good Cheer
FoodFriendshipReligionTraditions & Celebrations

Good Cheer

Ethical Culture is a bit of an odd duck. It’s a non-theistic religion, or as I like to say, “the religion for people who don’t like religion.” The movement’s founder, Felix Adler, said that it is “religious to those who are religiously-minded and to those who interpret its work religiously, …

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Parenting FailsTraditions & Celebrations

Skipping Scary Santa

Imagine you heard about a culture where once a year parents forced very young children to do something terrifying and upsetting. Then, imagine that when this experience caused those young children to scream and cry, rather than stop the experience, the parents enjoyed watching their children be scared, so much that they took pictures of …

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AtheismReligionTraditions & Celebrations

Festival of Lights: Doing Holidays When You Don’t Do Religion

As my kid has noted on many occasions, Jewish holidays are often not much fun. On Yom Kippur, for instance, it’s fasting and repenting. I don’t fast.  My kid and Dr. Skull fast, Dr. Skull earnestly and the kid moodily. “Why do I have to do this?” she demands of …

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