Getting Started at Pagan Families

Birth on the Labyrinth Path

Welcome to Pagan Families!This blog began in May 2011 as a place to generate and collect resources for Pagans in the childbearing year. The Categories in the drop-down menu to the right are a good way to find posts on particular topics. You might also like to check out some highlights from the archives:Are you pregnant?Explore Seven Spiritual Habits to Set During Pregnancy with Kira Nuit Learn from Jackie Singer how to do Meditations During Pregnancy Get ideas for setting up … [Read more...]

Centering Black voices for racial justice #BlackLivesMatter

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Pagan Families has been too slow to write about the current movement for racial justice and to affirm that #BlackLivesMatter. In "A Commitment to Realignment and Resignation" Crystal Blanton explains why Pagan organizations must be clear in their opposition to racial injustice.So I wrote something frankly pretty indulgent about my personal grappling with white privilege as a parent. It was useful to me to write it, but I've decided not to publish it. I realized that what I'm hearing over and … [Read more...]

Review: Parenting with a Story

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Paul Smith, Parenting with a Story: Real Life Lessons in Character for Parents and Children to Share (AMACOM, 2014). 272 pages.Once upon a time my mother stepped out of a friend's car and down an open sewer grate. Fortunately she grabbed onto the sides of the hole as she fell, and her friends helped her climb back out. My mom told me the story a decade and a half later, when I was a little girl, and the idea that I might fall into a sewer followed me for a decade after that. Stories are an … [Read more...]

5 Ideas for Solstice Fun for Kids

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This time of year is busy for all, but especially for Pagans - with extended family celebrations, many rituals to attend or perform, and still recovering from the Samhain fun, each year I feel like I'm being driven a little closer to the edge!  But there are lots of fun family traditions that can be celebrated without a lot of time or extended prep, and since you might be a little cheerier with all the time you're saving, the kids will appreciate them even more!  Create A Solstice A … [Read more...]

Parenting and Pagan Consent Culture

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I’m in the process of transcribing and editing a conversation I had with priestess, writer, counselor, mama, activist, and also my very good friend Sierra Black about Paganism, consent culture, and raising children.Here’s a little nugget of wisdom from Sierra, that’s in my transcript: “Having other parents in my community who are really committed to consent and really teaching that value to their children is really powerful for me in helping me continue to do that. Being in community helps m … [Read more...]

Enchanted Composting

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"I'm going out to the compost. Does anyone want to come with me?" I asked, and a moment of near panic followed when the kids thought I might get there without them. "Coming, coming!" piped the one year old, and the five year old chimed in, "Wait just a second--I need to pause the TV!"We've had our compost tumbler since August, and the kids are still excited about dumping in food scraps and leaves, smashing eggshells, and pushing the composter hard to get it turning: all good sensorimotor … [Read more...]

Announcing: Rooted In Love, A Virtual Circle for Pregnant Mamas

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Announcing my first virtual circle! This will be a lovely way to connect with other pregnant Pagan mamas and root deeply into juicy practices for empowered birth.  Carve out two sacred hours just for you and then take away practices you can use repeatedly on your pregnancy path and beyond. I'm calling it Rooted In Love, and you're invited. Rooted In Love A virtual circle for pregnant mamasFacilitated by Sarah Whedon, editor of Pagan Families, author of Birth on the Labyrinth Path, and BOLD … [Read more...]

Follow-up on reader survey

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Thanks to the 25 people who responded to my reader survey! That's nowhere near everybody who engages with the Pagan Families blog and its associated social media, but it's enough responses to point toward some insights.A bunch of people asked for Pagan Families on Pinterest. Guess what? We're there, but I never update it. Also Google+. Same situation. So, are you a Pinterest whiz who loves Pagan Families? Want to volunteer to maintain our Pinterest page? Email me at p … [Read more...]

Haunted Time

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By C. B. CabeenMy oldest child turns five this month, and I've been looking back at my journals from the first two weeks after she was born.  I haven't seen a lot of postpartum writing I resonate with, so I wanted to share a couple journal excerpts related to Samhain.  I've edited them to connect pieces and make the images less fragmentary.Where was I this October when the new grass greened?  I was incubating at home with my freshly born baby, who sprang out five or six days after th … [Read more...]


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