Author(s): Dale McGowan
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, 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.
"This unique resource will help parents looking for useful ideas and information on being a nonreligious family. Recommended for public libraries." -- Janet Clapp, Athens-Clarke Cty. Lib., GA "Library Journal"
Dale McGowan is a writer, editor, and parenting educator. He edited and coauthored Parenting Beyond Belief (978-0-8144-7426-6). Molleen Matsumara 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.
CONTENTS Preface Acknowledgments Chapter One: The Inquiring Mind Dale McGowan Chapter Two: Living and Teaching Ethics in Your Family Molleen Matsumura Chapter Three: Secular Family, Religious World Jan Devor Chapter Four: The Physical Self Amanda Metskas Chapter Five: Ingredients of a Life Worth Living Molleen Matsumura Chapter Six: Celebrating Life Jan Devor Chapter Seven: Death and Life Dale McGowan Chapter Eight: Finding and Creating Community Amanda Metskas Chapter Nine: The Grab Bag Dale McGowan Appendix I: Recommended Films by Category Appendix II: Lists of Principles Index