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Raising Freethinkers: A Practical Guide for Parenting Beyond Belief (book)

2 Ratings: 4.0
A book by Dale McGowan.

“This unique resource will help parents looking for useful ideas and information on being a nonreligious family. Recommended for public libraries.” Library Journal

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Practical Advice for Parents and Caregivers!

  • Jul 7, 2010
This is a great book for anyone who doesn't subscribe to a religion and also has children in their life.

I'm an atheist and I also work in a child care center with children who come from all types of religious backgrounds. When I read this book, I was looking for ways to explain to children the beauty of the things around us without bringing religion into it. This is a great resource for what types of questions to ask children to encourage them to think more deeply about what they see and experience in the world.

The authors of this book (and myself) believe that children shouldn't be told answers to questions they have, but should be guided to figure out the answer on their own, and develop their own unique view on those hard questions. Besides building self-esteem, competence, and a host of other skills, the ability to think critically is what they learn when they arrive at those answers.

Not only do the authors explain why children should be encouraged to think for themselves, but there are tons of practical activities to do with children, such as projects and games. There are also guides about conversations to have with the children. For example, the book suggests calling a sunset an "earth turn" once and seeing what the children think of that. Just two simple words can spark a whole conversation about the earth's rotation. It encourages parents and caregivers to explore the science and mystery behind everyday things.

This book is written in a style that's easy to read and understand. It has helped me immensely with how to encourage a deeper level of thinking in children.

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July 07, 2010
This sounds like a great book. I really like the approach that it takes. Thanks so much for sharing!
July 07, 2010
Thanks for posting this review. I tend to take the religious approach, so I wasn't aware of material from this perspective. Sounds interesting.
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