A Shopping Guide for Nonreligious Parents (Part I)
By Wendy Thomas Russell | November 29, 2012
In honor of the Judeo-Christian month of giving, I’m offering a few recommendations to add to your shopping lists. These are items I have bought myself, or will buy, or might buy, or probably won’t buy but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t. Seriously, if you want some assistance in “introducing” world religion and religious concepts to your kids, these are excellent tools. I’ll be publishing this in two parts: The first today, the second on Monday. Don’t look for this list to be repeated next year, by the way. In 2013, I’ll be recommending you buy [...] Read more – ‘A Shopping Guide for Nonreligious Parents (Part I)’.
Religious Charm Bracelet, Anyone?… Anyone?
By Wendy Thomas Russell | July 19, 2012
Okay, I suspect you guys are going to make fun of me a little bit for this, but, hey, what the hell. So, let me preface this by saying that, growing up, my mother had a charm bracelet she wore on special occasions. I was FASCINATED by this bracelet, which strung together all kinds of little golden goodies symbolizing some of my mom’s greatest memories. There was a child’s ring, a graduation cap, a locket. But my favorite charm was a little money box containing the tiniest folded-up dollar bill I’d ever seen in my [...] Read more – ‘Religious Charm Bracelet, Anyone?… Anyone?’.
Religious Picture Books Have Much to Offer — But Choose Wisely
By Wendy Thomas Russell | April 19, 2012
Can we talk about religious picture books for a minute? I’m assuming most of you didn’t read your kid a religious bedtime story last night. And that it rarely occurs to you to wonder what new Islamic, Hindu or Christian children’s books came out this year. I’m also willing to bet you don’t spend a lot of time in the religious section at your public library. But it might be time to start. For the last month or so I’ve been obsessed with religion-books for kids — mostly because my own knowledge of religious stories [...] Read more – ‘Religious Picture Books Have Much to Offer — But Choose Wisely’.
Holiday Cheat Sheet for Nonreligious Parents
By Wendy Thomas Russell | January 3, 2012
We here at Relax, It’s Just God believe that religious literacy and tolerance doesn’t just happen. We parents have to make it happen. Unfortunately, saying the word “Hanukkah” once a year and pointing out burkas in the airport just doesn’t cut it. A true religious education requires context. Tolerance requires action. If you want your children to be interested in and respectful of those around them, you must knit a sense of interest and respect into your childrearing — today and throughout the year. That’s why major religious holidays are such fantastic vehicles for religious literacy. And [...] Read more – ‘Holiday Cheat Sheet for Nonreligious Parents’.