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Book Description

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, for the more than 40 million people in the United States who identify themselves as nonreligious, 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.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. Title
  3. Copyright
  4. Contents
  5. Preface
  6. Acknowledgments
  7. Chapter One The Inquiring Mind
  8. Chapter Two Living and Teaching Ethics in Your Family
  9. Chapter Three Secular Family, Religious World
  10. Chapter Four The Physical Self
  11. Chapter Five Ingredients of a Life Worth Living
  12. Chapter Six Celebrating Life
  13. Chapter Seven Death and Life
  14. Chapter Eight Finding and Creating Community
  15. Chapter Nine The Grab Bag
  16. Appendix I: Recommended Films by Category
  17. Appendix II: Lists of Principles
  18. Index