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Contents Acknowledgements 3 Dale McGowan, PhD Preface 4 Chapter One: PERSONAL REFLECTIONS Chapter Introduction 19 Julia Sweeney Navigating Around the Dinner Table 21 Norm R. Allen, Jr. Thinking My Way to Adulthood 28 Richard Dawkins, FRS Good and Bad Reasons for Believing 34 Emily Rosa Growing Up Godless: How I Survived Amateur Secular Parenting 44 Bertrand Russell from The Autobiography of Bertrand Russell 49 Anne Nicol Gaylor I?d Rather Play Outside 51 Dan Barker My Father?s House 53 Penn Jillette Passing Down the Joy of Not Collecting Stamps 61 Additional Resources for PERSONAL REFLECTIONS 65 Chapter Two: LIVING WITH RELIGION Chapter Introduction 68 Pete Wernick, PhD Parenting in a Secular/Religious Marriage 73 Roberta Nelson, DD On Being Religiously Literate 80 Stu Tanquist Choosing Your Battles 88 Margaret Downey Teaching Children to Stand on Principle? Even When the Going Gets Tough 99 Ed Buckner, PhD Secular Schooling 107 Additional Resources for LIVING WITH RELIGION 117 Chapter Three: HOLIDAYS AND CELEBRATIONS Chapter Introduction 122 Jane Wynne Willson Humanist Ceremonies 124 Dale McGowan Losing the ?Holy? and Keeping the ?Day? 133 POINT/COUNTERPOINT: The Question of the Claus?Should the Santa Story Stay or Go in Secular Families? Tom Flynn POINT: Put the Claus Away 142 Dale McGowan COUNTERPOINT: The Ultimate Dry Run 146 Noell Hyman To Easter Bunny or Not to Easter Bunny? 150 Additional Resources for HOLIDAYS AND CELEBRATIONS 154 Chapter Four: ON BEING AND DOING GOOD Chapter Introduction 159 Gareth Matthews, PhD Morality and Evil 162 Jean Mercer, PhD Behaving Yourself: Moral Development in the Secular Family 169 Edgar ?Yip? Harburg Take Two Tablets and Call Me in the Morning 183 David Koepsell, JD, PhD On Being Good for Good Reasons: Commandments vs. Principles 184 Additional Resources for BEING AND DOING GOOD 190 Chapter Five: VALUES AND VIRTUES, MEANING AND PURPOSE Chapter Introduction 193 Shannon and Matt Cherry Double Vision: Teaching our Twins Pride and Respect 195 Dale McGowan Seven Secular Virtues 203 Donald B. Ardell, PhD Supporting Your Children in Their Quest for the Meaning of Life! 215 Annie Laurie Gaylor What Your Kids Won?t Learn in School 223 Yip Harburg The Enemy List 233 Dale McGowan A 60-Second Reckoned Roll of Freethinkers Historical 234 James Herrick Parenting and the Arts 237 Additional Resources for VALUES AND VIRTUES, MEANING AND PURPOSE 246 Chapter Six: DEATH AND CONSOLATION Chapter Introduction 250 Yip Harburg Before and After 255 Noell Hyman The End, As We Know It 256 Kendyl Gibbons, DD Dealing with Death in the Secular Family 261 Yip Harburg Small Comforts 280 Additional Resources for DEATH AND CONSOLATION 281 Chapter Seven: WONDERING AND QUESTIONING Chapter Introduction 286 Mark Twain Little Bessie Would Assist Providence 289 Robert E. Kay, MD Thoughts on Raising a Creative, Curious, Freethinking Child 294 Amy Hilden, PhD The Family Road Trip and the Self Behind My Eyes 301 Margaret Knight Excerpt from Morals Without Religion 310 Stephen Law Does God Exist? from The Philosophy Files 311 Additional Resources for WONDERING AND QUESTIONING 336 Chapter Eight: JAW-DROPPING, MIND-BUZZING SCIENCE Chapter Introduction 339 Dale McGowan Teaching Kids to Yawn at Counterfeit Wonder 346 Amanda Chesworth Natural Wonders 354 Yip Harburg We?ve Come a Long Way, Buddy 362 Kristan Lawson The Idea that Changed the World from Darwin and Evolution for Kids 363 Additional Resources for JAW-DROPPING, MIND-BUZZING SCIENCE 389 Chapter Nine: SEEKING COMMUNITY Chapter Introduction 394 Pete Wernick Building the Secular Community?However Slowly 400 Amanda Metskas and August Brunsman IV Summer Camps Beyond Belief 411 Bobbie Kirkhart Let?s Get Organized 416 Additional Resources for SEEKING COMMUNITY 424 APPENDIX Glossary 426 ABOUT THE CONTRIBUTORS Additional Resources?General 431
Library of Congress Subject Headings for this publication:
Parenting -- Religious aspects.
Religious education of children.