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Blog on, ye secular parentals!

parentscape-09When first I turned the key on the Meming of Life, I poked around the Internets a bit to see who else might be blogging about secular parenting. I found four: Noell Hyman’s Agnostic Mom, The Atheist Mama, Atheist in a Minivan, and Humanist Mama.

I started writing The Meming of Life in March ’07, two weeks before Parenting Beyond Belief was released, expecting to blog for about six months, just to see the book launch through. Still at it, 255 posts later.

In the past two years, a number of blogs have appeared with a significant nonreligious parenting focus, each helping to open that closet door a wee bit wider. Here’s an attempted timeline:

AUG 2005
Agnostic Mom

NOV 2005
The Atheist Mama

AUG 2006
Atheist in a Minivan

FEB 2007
Humanist Mama

MAR 2007
The Meming of Life
Belgian Atheist

AUG 2007
The SkepDad Blog

NOV 2007
Raising Three Thinkers

FEB 2008
Humanist Dad

APR 2008
A Secular Parenting Blog
Science-Based Parenting by Skeptic Dad

MAY 2008
PhD in Parenting

JUN 2008
Skeptical Mom

JUL 2008
Domestic Father

AUG 2008
Humanist Mom

SEP 2008
Rational Moms

OCT 2008
Atheist Dad

Our greatest deficit — the lack of a connected, mutually supportive community — is slowly being erased. Equally important, this chorus of voices helps us to build consensus about the best practices for nonreligious parenting. So visit ’em, read ’em, comment and link up — and let me know who I missed.

[Watch for a post next week featuring secular homeschooling bloggers.]



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  1. also, keep an eye out for Skeptical Parent Crossing-a blog carnival for secular parenting.


    Comment: antimattr – 10. November 2008 @ 5:42 pm

  2. Thanks for the link to PhD in Parenting (http://phdinparenting.com). Its nice to see so many other secular blogs popping up. I’m enjoying reading your book!

    Comment: phdinparenting – 10. November 2008 @ 10:17 pm

  3. Phew!
    That’s it.
    I think I have visited them all!

    Thanks for posting those Dale.

    Comment: Rob A – 11. November 2008 @ 10:01 am

  4. […] checked out the blog and it has a lot of interesting ideas and resources on secular parenting and a blogroll of other non-religious parenting blogs. I was excited to see my blog on the list, but also enjoyed checking out some of the others. I hope […]

    Pingback: More on secular parenting « PhD in Parenting Blog – 11. November 2008 @ 4:51 pm

  5. Thank you for the link (Raising Three Thinkers)! I’ve added everyone to my reader as well. Nice to see so many of us out there.

    Comment: Sarah – 11. November 2008 @ 5:53 pm

  6. I’m assuming that picture is stock photography? I must say, probably inappropriately: that is one, hot mama. Thanks for the eye candy.

    Comment: serialfish – 11. November 2008 @ 6:49 pm

  7. The Belgian Atheist is another good one


    Comment: Sarah – 11. November 2008 @ 8:19 pm

  8. Sorry, I just hit send too soon.

    Ruminating Doodle




    and for your next post

    Homeschooling blogger Po Moyemu


    Comment: Sarah – 11. November 2008 @ 8:26 pm

  9. Cool list, thanks!

    Comment: teacherninja – 11. November 2008 @ 8:31 pm

  10. The Belgian Atheist is another good one

    *McGowan smacks forehead with palm*

    Of course. Yes, Hugo rocks.

    Comment: Dale – 11. November 2008 @ 8:47 pm

  11. There’s the atheist dad too (his blog’s 1 month old today!)


    Comment: Rob A – 12. November 2008 @ 5:17 am

  12. *hat tip*

    Comment: Dale – 12. November 2008 @ 6:56 am

  13. Thanks for those additional links, Sarah. Teacherninja and Ruminating Doodle are both terrific, smart and well-written, but I want to limit this particular blogroll for blogs with a more significant focus on nonreligious parenting (as opposed to blogs by nonreligious parents). But I do recommend everyone check those out.

    I’ll look at the other one prior to the secular homeschooling post.

    Comment: Dale – 12. November 2008 @ 7:55 am

  14. […] McGowan’s Guide to Thinking Parent Blogs 12 11 2008 This week’s honor roll of secular parenting blogs at Meming of Life is great. You’ll want to visit them all, so clear some online time to […]

    Pingback: Dale McGowan’s Guide to Thinking Parent Blogs « Cocking A Snook! – 12. November 2008 @ 10:37 am

  15. Thanks for the list! Just stumbled upon your blog recently and have been spending the last hour or so reading back into the older posts… good stuff! I did not know that resources like this existed – Boo ya!

    Comment: jduvoisin – 12. November 2008 @ 7:01 pm

  16. Useful list, thank you. We’ve been feeling the lack of community are going to enjoy reading those blogs. Here are some names of rational homeschooling blogs.
    Rational Jenn
    3 Ring Binder
    Kim’s Play Place
    and last, but not least, my blog
    Homeschooled Twins

    Linked to your post on my blog.

    Comment: shez – 12. November 2008 @ 7:31 pm

  17. There is a rather long list of “Evolved Homeschoolers” at http://www.odonnellweb.com/wiki/pmwiki.php?n=Main.HomePage

    They aren’t all necessarily atheist, but I think most are. The others are at least rational enough to accept evolution, which is the litmus test for the list.

    Comment: chrisod – 13. November 2008 @ 5:01 pm

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