Here are some resources for parents raising their kids without religion and/or god.  The first set of links is for teaching kids about world religions and philosophies. The second set of links is geared towards developing critical thinking. Please e-mail me if you want to share your favorite site.

Books You Might Like:

There’s my book, of course.

Dale McGowan’s Parenting Beyond Belief

Dale McGowan’s In Faith and In Doubt: How Religious Believers and Nonbelievers Can Create Strong Marriages and Loving Families

What Do You Believe? (A DK book, which my kids liked.)

Teaching young children to question: I Wonder.

Teaching children about all religions: The Kids Book of World Religions.

One World, Many Religions: The Ways We Worship

Humanism: What’s That? A Book for Curious Kids

Essays for Atheists

A fellow blogger pointed me to this important article about Atheists and Anger by Greta Christina.

One of my favorite pieces by Bertrand Russell, Why I am Not a Christian, and this one by Clarence Darrow called The Delusion of Design and Purpose.

Develop your children’s critical thinking skills:

Teaching Critical Thinking Skills

How to Play Chess

Brain Teasers and Games

A Secular Camp for Kids (No VBS!)


Educate kids in other religions:

Teach your children that while religions are different, they are also similar in many ways. Note that the same themes and sometimes even the same stories are shared by many faiths.

World Religions for Kids

History of Religion

The Bible

Children’s Version of Bible Stories

The Quran

The Vedas

Children’s Hindu Stories

Judaism for Kids

Buddhism for Kids

Teaching Children Philosophy  and Here






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4 responses to “Resources

  1. I’m so glad to have found your blog and I’m looking forward to reading your book soon. I was wondering if you have found anything useful to explain Christmas to children (the pagan pre-christian origins, etc.)? I have a very confuse 6 year old who watch something at school and now is convinced that Jesus is the son of god and we are all celebrating his birthday

    • Hi Taira! Welcome. I used to share the religion DK books with my kids. The books have lots of pictures and are easy for kids to understand. I also talked with them, a lot, about how Christmas began and that it is two separate celebrations. One is a holy day, which is celebrated by Christians and one is a secular holiday, which is also celebrated by Christians. Later, we drew parallels between the two mythical figures of each celebration. You might also mention to your son that there a lot of things that people believe in that he won’t – rabbits feet, wishing on a star, witchcraft, etc. Good luck and let me know how it goes!

  2. thank you, I hadn’t seen the DK books on religion but they do seem like a good tool

  3. J Holly Duncan

    Hii there,
    I am a Christian but I despise the way children are brought up within religions. I am hoping to write an essay and eventually give a presentation to my (Christian based) college on the predominantly negative aspects of bringing children up within a religion but I need a text to reference. a documentary or a book that is based on, or better yet entirely, truth. I was wondering if you would have any suggestions for this.
    Thankyou very much,

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