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Parenting Beyond Belief, 2nd Edition by Dale McGowan

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Personal Reflections

INTRODUCTION

The first and most important task of Parenting Beyond Belief is to let secular families know they are not alone—that millions of other families are wrestling with the same challenges and asking the same questions. This chapter includes personal reflections by freethinking parents and children, as well as adults recalling when they were children, all grappling with familiar issues and offering hard-won advice.

This chapter is framed by a perfect pair of bookends to illustrate the range of approaches to secular parenting. We start with Julia Sweeney, who describes raising her daughter, Mulan, to make her ...

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