Next week I’ve been invited by the Unitarian Fellowship of Regina to give a talk on secular parenting. Here’s the little blurb I wrote for it:
A 2008 survey found that 1 in 4 Canadians don’t believe in God. Another study found that religion could potentially go ‘extinct’ in Canada. With faith becoming less of an influencing factor in our society, what does it mean to raise children without the anchoring of religious tenets? My talk will discuss strategies for secular families facing life situations where traditionally religion has influenced a family’s decision-making and comfort in challenging times. I’ll also talk about the role religion can play in a nonreligious household.
I’m finishing my plans for the talk over this weekend, and I thought I’d ask you all for some input. What sorts of topics should I touch on in my 20 minutes? First I think I need define what I mean by ‘secular’ parenting, and then maybe I’ll talk a few minutes about some of the bigger issues families have to deal with (interactions with religious extended family, holidays, death, etc). I’m also hoping to open the floor to discussion, in case there’s anyone there who disagrees with some of what I’m saying.
I think I also would like to pass on some ideas for the Regina group on different activities they can host for secular families, looking back to events like Darwin Day, summer camping trips, and other topical celebrations our secular parenting group has done over the years.
Secular parenting groups are still hard to find here in Canada — here’s hoping that more groups will pop up as resources for freethinking families.