Famous Freethinkers Humanist Heroes

Most kids grow up completely unaware of the many contributions made by the nonreligious. Just as the theistic worldviews of Martin Luther King and Mahatma Gandhi informed and energized their work and character, so nonthe-istic, humanistic values informed the lives and work of such towering figures as John Stuart Mill, Susan B. Anthony, Jane Addams, Albert Einstein, Thomas Edison, and countless others. Next time your child is choosing a famous subject for a book report or project, why not suggest a freethinker? Check out www.celebatheists.com for a list of several hundred atheists and agnostics, and pick out a few with your child about whom she is interested in learning more.

Materials: butcher paper and crayons, markers, or paint

Start by brainstorming what a community is. Help kids to move beyond the physical community into the concept of shared values and traditions. Have

All ages

All ages

All ages the kids draw or paint a mural with their own vision of community. Ask that they include pictures of people doing things that help to bind a community together. Follow up by talking about ways to support each other and keep communities together.

Confident Kids

Confident Kids

Although nobody gets a parenting manual or bible in the delivery room, it is our duty as parents to try to make our kids as well rounded, happy and confident as possible. It is a lot easier to bring up great kids than it is to try and fix problems caused by bad parenting, when our kids have become adults. Our children are all individuals - they are not our property but people in their own right.

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