How Secular Parenting Stacks Up

Pretty well actually

I could basically cut & paste the whole article as it’s all relevant but here are a few of my favourite sections…

The results of such secular child-rearing are encouraging. Studies have found that secular teenagers are far less likely to care what the “cool kids” think, or express a need to fit in with them, than their religious peers. When these teens mature into “godless” adults, they exhibit less racism than their religious counterparts, according to a 2010 Duke University study. Many psychological studies show that secular grownups tend to be less vengeful, less nationalistic, less militaristic, less authoritarian and more tolerant, on average, than religious adults.

Recent research also has shown that children raised without religion tend to remain irreligious as they grow older — and are perhaps more accepting. Secular adults are more likely to understand and accept the science concerning global warming, and to support women’s equality and gay rights. One telling fact from the criminology field: Atheists were almost absent from our prison population as of the late 1990s, comprising less than half of 1% of those behind bars, according to Federal Bureau of Prisons statistics. This echoes what the criminology field has documented for more than a century — the unaffiliated and the nonreligious engage in far fewer crimes.

Another meaningful related fact: Democratic countries with the lowest levels of religious faith and participation today — such as Sweden, Denmark, Japan, Belgium and New Zealand — have among the lowest violent crime rates in the world and enjoy remarkably high levels of societal well-being. If secular people couldn’t raise well-functioning, moral children, then a preponderance of them in a given society would spell societal disaster. Yet quite the opposite is the case.

Saturday Snap – A Couple of Pinheads

Friday Fun Link – AllTheMinutes (Twitter Clock)

You may want to turn your Mute button but otherwise, the site AllTheMinutes.com is pretty cool.

It shows a clock comprised of live tweets (one per second) from people around the world who have mentioned the current time.

Great insight into the boring everyday lives of humanity (at least those who use Twitter!)

Throwback Thursday – #tbt – 1987 RPL Newsletter

A co-worker retired this week and brought a copy of the internal staff newsletter that featured her on its cover back in 1987!

When You Have a Trip Planned…

…it’s funny to consider the videos you find yourself watching for any sort of preview of what your own experience will be like!

The Story of a Bedtime

So tonight was fairly routine at the start…

Pace has his snack while watching videos on the iPad.

Shea reads Sasha a story and then nurses her before putting her to bed.

Sasha immediately starts crying in her crib as she’s been doing lately.

I go check on Sasha and she’s got a wet diaper so I change that.  She starts crying when I put her in her crib so Shea nurses her some more.

Pace finishes his snack, brushes his teeth and puts on pyjamas then we read together (he’s really enjoying the Calvin & Hobbes book I introduced him to).

Shea comes out and Sasha starts crying again.  We’re not fans of “cry it out” for babies but leave her for awhile as we know she’s likely just crying because she doesn’t want to go to bed.

Shea does go to check on her after her crying doesn’t stop and now she’s pooped in her diaper (she’s done this a couple times at bedtime lately and I think she’s learned to do it on command to get a bit more attention!)

Poopy diaper changed, Sasha’s back in bed and Shea comes down to join me.

We hunker in, hoping to watch the State of the Union Address.

Sasha’s crying.  Sasha’s still crying.  Sasha’s STILL crying.

Okay, I’ll go check on her.

And this is where it gets funny…

I turn on the hall light and go into her room to find her, standing against the rail of her crib, stark naked!   In her anger about bedtime, she’s stripped off her pyjamas, her socks, her diaper and angrily thrown everything on the floor!

(I won’t post the picture of what this looked like!)

Normally I don’t do this but I carry her downstairs to where Shea is waiting for me.

“I found her like this.”  Shea just shakes her head.

Pace, having seen me carry a naked toddler past his room, decides to follow me down to see what’s going on.

He gets sent back to bed after more goodnight hugs & kisses for him.

More nursing for naked Sasha.  Carry her back up, get her dressed again (this time in pyjamas she might have more trouble pulling off.)  “Should we put them on backwards?” is asked.  “If she strips one more time, we will!” is the ominous reply.

Shea decides that, once again, TV probably isn’t going to happen for her tonight.

She goes to read in our bed across the hall from Sasha’s room.

I come downstairs and am now watching the State of the Union while imagining that John Boehner was probably the kind of toddler that got so pissed off, he stripped naked in his crib too!

Music Monday – “We got the kinda love/A blind man can see” (American Idol’s Best Audition So Far This Season)

American Idol is one of my guilty pleasures.  It’s fascinating how they put together the show – especially the audition rounds to add narratives to what is otherwise a series of very similar clips.  For example, they’ll show a montage of one judge being mean to every contestant only to cut to them being blown away by someone else.  Simple trick but effective.  Or doing montages of similar performers.

Or how they always save the best/most heart-wrenching/unique story for the final clip of each episode.  In this case, a song by a NYC subway busker which the judges call the best audition of the season.  It’s a song that, with a few tweaks to the lyrics so they’re less personal and more universal, I could easily see becoming a wedding first dance standard…

“My Best Friend” – Hollywood Anderson

“100 Weirdest Animals on Earth” Video Becomes a Fun Game With Pace

Pace likes to watch non-stop YouTube clips about video games – Minecraft, Halo, etc. etc. and it’s not really my thing.

So the other night, looking for some common ground when we decided to watch some YouTube together, he suggested “Science Videos” (cool that he thinks of that as a place where we connect!)  Anyhow, that led us to a series of unbelievably cool videos by a guy called “The King of Random” including this one…

That, in turn, led to this video which we turned into a fun game by deciding to call out “weird/scary/funny/cute” for every animal at it appeared on the screen!

That old line about if something’s fun enough, you won’t even know it’s educational definitely applies here.  Not a bad way to waste some time online!

Saturday Snap – Pace Thinks I’m Number One

Unfortunately…

Friday Fun Link – Grand Palladium Palace, Punta Cana

One month…