July 31, 2023 — Should parents stop raising their kids with religion?


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Meet the kids raised by the author of “The Earthbound Parent”

Author Richard Conn believes: "Only by allowing kids to learn that we are in this world together, that we have a limited time to live, and that we have only one another on which to rely can we truly enable them to flourish and begin to build a just and peaceful world for all future generations."

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Monday Morning Magic from Inkandescent® PR + Publishing Co. Are you a parent tired of the persistent belief that your child’s moral values, ethical principles, and ability to distinguish between right and wrong must come from religion? Do you wonder how you can ever teach your child to think for herself in a culture that values uncritical obedience over critical consideration? Or do you fear what the future holds for your child in a society that views unquestioned faith as a virtue and a questioning mind with suspicion?

If so, you are going to appreciate “The Earthbound Parent,” a book by author and father of four Richard A. Conn, Jr. He argues that the solution is clear and rests not only with you but all parents with similar concerns. In this volume, he demonstrates why all parents who value science and reason can help stop the centuries-old practice of religious indoctrination. He also offers advice on encouraging children to discover the world and their place in it for themselves. “Only by allowing kids to learn that we are in this world together, that we have a limited time to live, and that we have only one another on which to rely can we truly enable them to flourish and begin to build a just and peaceful world—not just for their generation but for all future generations,” Richard believes.

Nikita and Natalie Conn

On this episode of the Authors Between the Covers podcast and video show: Richard’s daughters, Nikita, 16, and Natalie, 13 (pictured right), interview him about what it was like to be raised by an “Earthbound Parent.” How was their upbringing different from their religious friends? Do they appreciate their dad’s perspective? Will they raise their kids the same way? And so much more!

About Nikita: A featured singer in the National Children’s Chorus, a Grammy award-winning, highly competitive organization, Nikita also competes internationally (Italy, Russia, Japan, US) in classical ballet and modern dance, winning silver several times and gold in a worldwide competition. She is an accomplished pianist and speaks English, Russian, and Mandarin. She is also a very good chess and tennis player.

About Natalie: Natalie is top of Connecticut’s state math testing exam and a highly acclaimed tennis player (winning several USTA events in her age group). She won the CT state chess championship in her age group and continues to be trained as part of a national program run by Grand Master Jennifer Shahade. She also speaks English, Russian, and Mandarin, some French and Turkish. Her instrument is the guitar.

Richard Conn Jr., author, “The Earthbound Parent”

About Richard Conn Jr.: Since 2003, Richard has been the Managing Partner of Eurasia Advisors. He also serves as Managing Partner of Innovate Partners, an emerging company private investment fund, an affiliate partner in Stonehaven, a global capital raising platform, and is an Independent Trustee of a publicly traded mutual fund.

Prior to that, Richard practiced international corporate law for nearly 20 years as an equity partner with Latham & Watkins. He founded the firm’s Moscow office in 1992. He served as a key advisor to the Presidential Administration of Russian President Boris Yeltsin and as President of the Moscow-based Foreign Bar Association. A longstanding past member of the Board of Directors of the U.S.-Russia Business Council and the International Crisis Group’s International Board of Advisors, he regularly consults with the World Bank, Members of Congress, and the Administration regarding C.I.S.-related issues. He Co-Chaired the U.S.-Russia Business Council and American Chamber of Commerce (Moscow) joint initiative to facilitate Russian accession to WTO.

Richard delivered the keynote address at the United Nations to open the U.N. conference addressing establishing a worldwide Sovereign Debt Restructuring framework. He authored “Towards a Sovereign Debt Restructuring Framework: Less is More,” in Joe Stiglitz’s book Too Little, Too Late: The Quest of Resolving Sovereign Debt Crises, Columbia University Press, New York, 2016. He lectures at Columbia University’s Harriman Institute of Russian, Eurasian, and East European Studies, Institute for New Economic Thinking, Centre for International Governance Innovation, and Columbia University’s SIPA Center on Global Economic Governance.

Richard ran in 2010 for the Deputy Presidency of the World Chess Federation on an international ticket headed by the 12th World Champion Anatoly Karpov with the support of the Thirteenth World Champion Garry Kasparov and is an avid chess player. He сhairs the Advisory Committee of a non-profit organization that has already taught chess to over 4 million public school second and third graders in the U.S.

Richard, a Dartmouth College and Fordham University Law School graduate, clerked for the Honorable Gordon Thompson, Jr., Chief Judge of the U.S. District Court, Southern District of California. He is the co-author of Collier Labor Law and the Bankruptcy Code, M. Bender (1989). Richard is fluent in Russian and Spanish. Learn more at eurasiadvisors.com.

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Until next Monday: May your critical thinking heart and mind be your guide. — Hope Katz Gibbs, founder and president, Inkandescent® Inc. Inkandescent.us

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