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with any freethinker and/or atheist groups in your area? Is there a lot of mommy support within these groups?
I have been thinking I should get more involved in "my" community. When my little one gets older, I think she will need to be around people who share our family values. However, we will not keep her from being around those with different or opposing views. It's just that since we are in the minority, it would be good to have her know that she is not alone.
I wish I could say that we are. I've done relentless searches for like-minded groups and the closest ones are in a large city an hour+ away. Plus they seem to focus more on adults and don't come across as family-friendly. I do love the idea of helping your child to not feel alone. I've felt alone in my dis-beliefs for most of life.
I've considered trying to start one, but I honestly have no idea if I'd even find anyone interested. Guess I'll never know if I don't try! I just have to find the courage to do it.
Yes! Check out meetup.com! I found a local atheist group on there in an effort to make some new friends because I hated 99% of my husband's friends (and now so does he, lol). We get together once a month to talk about whatever comes up, sometimes we watch a Dawkins video or something, and there's always intelligent conversation. We also chat through the email list function on the site (you email the group address and it gets sent to everyone who's signed up).
I recently learned that my son's "girlfriend's" parents are atheists and belong to the meetup group, though they seldom come to the meetings. And through them, I've learned of a few other parents in the school who are atheists as well. It's all about networking, you just have to find a place to start. Chances are, your child already has atheist friends and you just don't know it.
We are, but the group is still small and we are working on getting more active. It is really more men than family, but again it is growing. Typically I am the only woman at the meet-ups. But we have several members that only come to a few, and we don't have that many to start with. There are some other families, and one with a toddler a couple of months younger than Blaise. The mom in that family is a christian, but they still kinda participate as a family sometimes (they had a cook out at their house a few weeks ago and are all coming to DH's birthday party this weekend.) There is a bigger group about an hour from us, but it is more adult oriented and it is so far away we don't go to much.
DH found ours. I think they post on meetup.com, but I am not sure if that is how he found them. He used to post a lot on the local paper forums and it turned out his new boss was one of the atheists that he liked (he has worked there almost 2 years ago now.) I think his boss heard about the group and invited us to one of the meet ups. It was still a fairly new group when we started going to "coffee socials," but we are growing. There is a small college in town so we are getting members from some of the teachers and students there.