Wednesday Wisdom: Finding calm in the storm of parenting

A weekly Wednesday Wisdom post with two or three profound or beautiful thoughts on a theme related to Paganism and childbearing. Parenting, distraction, prayer, nurture, self-care, and stillness…

“This is the real challenge of our spiritual lives as parents: to take our distracting thoughts, not to mention the distracting nursing, dressing, schoolwork, sibling fights, family vacations, baths, stories, meetings, and bedtimes, and make of them the prayers that are our lives.” – Rabbi Nancy Fuchs-Kreimer, Parenting As a Spiritual Journey

 “When you look back, you don’t regret the nurturing you gave your baby, but you might regret the way you neglected yourself.” – Kimberly Bepler, IBCLC

“Stillness connects us to the pregnant silence of darkness, where something fine is waiting to be born.” -Thorn Coyle, Make Magic of Your Life

How do you make a prayer of the daily practice of parenting? How do you make a port for self-care and stillness in the storm of baby’s needs?

Image credit: Meditation by lightDroplets

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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.