In our new issue, Danny Postel discusses his attempts to provide his children with some "humanist" reading material, partly as a counterbalance to the Christian texts (and religious services) their mother, a Catholic, has introduced them to. But Danny's attempts to find some humanist reading raised some interesting questions. What exactly constitutes "humanist" reading? He found some books specifically packaged as "humanism for kids", but were they any good? Could best approach to "humanist parenting" be to expose children to a wide (and contradictory) range of philosophies and world religions, thus highlighting that none may represent the objective truth? And, in the end, does "humanism for kids" simply represent indoctrination in just the same way as "religion for kids"? Is humanist parenting ultimately about raising free thinkers, the price of which being that free thinking could lead children to making choices you don't like?
Read Danny's consideration of all these questions, and let us know what you think by commenting on this post. If you're a parent, we'd love to hear your views and experiences.