A Lakeside Hearth: Thinking about the Future

I’ve seen this scenario play out on internet forums a few times now. A Pagan parent comes online and asks for advice, because their child is being proselytized by a schoolmate or authority figure. Many parents today take a “My child will find their way when they’re older” narrative to heart. But, by not welcoming our children fully into our beliefs, we leave them easy prey for the religious forces of society at large. [Read more…]

Birthing Hereditary Witchcraft: Pagan Parenting – Terrorism, World Violence and Ritual

Violence that has shredded this world has an uncanny way of effecting children. As parents we have several options open to us. [Read more…]

Adventures in Wortcunning: Speaking of Ancestors

As my daughter entered labor many miles from me, I stopped my daily routine to sit in meditation, lending her a bit of strength and sending her my love. I knew also when to rise again and resume my day, when all was well again in their little family. And during this time I sent strength to mother and child, and also felt behind me the added love and energy of the ancestors, watching and praying with us. [Read more…]

Dandelion Seeds: A Guide to Involving Kids in Ritual

Rev. Hill answers the question, “What do we do with the kids during ritual?” In this article she shares her insight child development and how to integrate them successfully into pagan rites. [Read more…]

Birthing Hereditary Witchcraft: Indoctrinating Against Indoctrination

It’s not enough to simply tell your children about other faiths while helping them to only practice your own. If you truly want to protect them from being indoctrinated by others, you have to help them experience the faith of others, too. [Read more…]

Heathen Woman: Raising Heathen Children

I didn’t want my children to feel different. I wanted them to automatically feel enlightened, connected spiritually, and to be proud of the folk stories and traditions that we shared as a family. Yet sometimes it is what sets us apart that allows us to appreciate both commonalities and uniqueness. [Read more…]

Wyrd Words: The “Agnostic Chair”

If there is one thing that every parent in the history of EVER can probably agree upon, it’s that children have a way of turning your plans right on their head. So while I was confident that I knew how I would want to raise my children in theory, the application of that theory is whole different ballgame. So, of course, as soon as I had written this piece the universe decided it was time for me to get some practice. [Read more…]

Passing Paganism and Polytheism on to Our Children

In a special site-wide series, Patheos invited invited scholars, practitioners, teachers, and parents from diverse traditions and perspectives to share their wisdom, insights, and best practices on the topic of “Passing on the Faith: Teaching the Next Generation.” Enjoy these responses from our Pagan contributors! [Read more…]


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