Pagan families takes the next step

Learning to walk by pushing wheeled toyI’ve been letting this ship drift a bit, as the managing editor here, seeing what happens if I stop saying, “No, that doesn’t quite fit the scope of Pagan Families.” And it’s been pretty great.

I started Pagan Families because I wanted to assemble Pagan childbearing resources in one place. I still want that and Pagan Families is going to keep that core of content. It’s something few people are writing about and something lots of us need, unlike Pagan parenting, about which there are lots of books, blogs, and websites out there.

But I called it Pagan Families to make space someday for more. Well, someday is today. So I’ve asked the graphic designer to remove “Resources for Pagan Pregnancy and Birth” from our banner image and I’m working on updating all the text.

Like I said, we’ll still emphasize pregnancy and early parenting, but we’ll make space to consider partnering, pregnancy, parenting, and more.  How about preparing our children for puberty or talking religion with our families of origin or navigating homeschooling for Pagans?

To share your writing, check out the updated contributor guidelines. You can use the comments here to tell us what other topics you want covered.

This baby’s been crawling for a while. Let’s see what happens when she pulls herself up to standing.

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About Sarah Whedon

Sarah Whedon is founding editor of Pagan Families, the author of Birth on the Labyrinth Path: Sacred Embodiment in the Childbearing Year, and former Chair of the Department of Theology and Religious History at Cherry Hill Seminary. Sarah’s teaching, research, and advocacy work center around topics of spirituality, feminism, and reproduction. She makes her home in the Boston area with her partner and their children.

  • Joanie

    Oh, I love this idea! I am very active in my area’s birth and baby community (I had a home birth with my son and LOVE my midwife and breastfeeding community), but as my son grows older (he just turned 1) I feel like its a great time to learn more about Pagan activities for a toddler or ways to bring paganism into our un/home-schooling research (never to early to start planning!). I have been told that I am “lucky” to have a husband who is also Pagan, so we really are looking for ideas to help our extended family embrace our beliefs for the sake of our son.

    I would also like info on keeping your Pagan family healthy! We eat all organic and/or local food and would love ideas on incorporating blessings or rituals into eating and cooking or perhaps some way in which I can show my son to thank the animals that we live off of (we only eat 1 pig, 1 cow, and several dozen chickens a year).

    I love the idea of discussing rites of passages for boys and girls of all ages; moving into their own room or bed, loosing teeth, first day of schooling, puberty, etc.

    I plan on having multiple children, so posts about bringing Paganism into birth and pregnancy is still very relevant to me, but with my son gaining siblings I would love to read more about that or perhaps expanding families in general (including grandparents into baby rituals, or how to explain to young children the differences between religious holidays celebrated within one large family etc). I wanted to have a naming ceremony for my son but was really uncomfortable with how to proceed without negativity from my husband’s family, so we never had one. With baby #2 I really want one but would like ideas on how to how it without eye-rolling from our extended family.

    • Sarah Whedon

      Oh, wow, what a lot of great ideas Joanie! I like every single one of them. Thanks for making so many suggestions.

      • Joanie

        Oh, I have more, I just thought I should stop, haha. Love the blog though, and I am excited to see where it goes!

        • Sarah Whedon

          No, don’t stop! I’d love to read your ideas. In fact, you might consider whether you have a guest post in you…

          • Molly

            That’s what I was thinking too! Sounds like we have a guest poster amongst us! :)

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