Flash points: a family that’s open and inclusive

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By ChristinaI live in a big house with my husband and our two kids, my husband's girlfriend, her husband, their cats and dog, and a friend of ours.  That's family--or at least a big part of it.  Our housemates are the people who steal our baby when they go for a walk, and if the fish sauce is missing from the fridge, then they probably have that, too. Every week we split our farm share, and I don't think we could handle the whole thing on our own.  My husband and his girlfriend carpool home f … [Read more...]

Plant a Tree

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I live in Nebraska, the home of Arbor Day, and so we hear about it a lot!  Ours is coming up this Friday, but the date varies by state - you can find out yours here.  Growing up, my grandmother and I would plant a tree on her land every year around this time.  There's something amazing about watching a tree grow taller and taller each year; after planting it, watering it, and caring for it carefully.  These days I don't have the land to plant one tree a year, but I still feel it's important to no … [Read more...]

Picture Books for Pagan Families: Beltane

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By Meg Yardley Beltane, or May Day, celebrates the fertility of the earth, the diversity of our community, and the joys of living in a body.  Traditions for this holiday that are especially fun with children including gathering flowers to make wreaths and garlands; getting up at dawn to bathe your face in the dew; and dancing the Maypole. Here are some recipes for May Day, and I also love this piece on "How to celebrate Beltane with a 4-year-old”.In honor of Beltane, you may want to seek ou … [Read more...]

Cesarean Courage

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“Her courage is written on her body.” –Molly (Talk Birth) Last year I made several cesarean birth art sculptures by request. It felt like a “risk” of sorts to make them, like I was trying to interpret another woman’s experience artistically, but I did it and they were well-received. I chose to imprint words in the figure’s cesarean scar because I kept thinking about how that mother’s love and hope and courage are all permanently written on her body. Recently, I had requests to make more figures … [Read more...]

March Link Round-Up: placenta-eating, water birth, spring equinox and more

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Welcome to the March link round-up, in which I compile some of the best links we've shared on Facebook (where Amy Louise Turnbull became our 5,000th liker!) and Twitter in the past month. Please leave a comment if we're missing something juicy here!We've been praying along with Faith Aloud's 40 Days of Prayer to Keep Abortion Safe and Legal.Pagan communities reeled at the news about Kenny Klein: "Kenny Klein, well known pagan musician and an amateur photographer, has been arrested in … [Read more...]

Ask Us: What symbol can I use to protect my home?

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Have you noticed we have an "Ask Us" button near the top of our main page? Got a question about Paganism and pregnancy or family life that you don’t see answered here yet?  We’d like to try to answer your question.  No question is too big or too small. If we don’t know the answer, we’ll look for someone who does (we know lots of parents, priest/esses, and birth professionals).  Your question and our answer may appear as a blog post so others can benefit from you asking.Well, we got a question … [Read more...]

What Makes a Family – Branches and Roots

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This month, Pagan Families is hosting a discussion on "what makes a family?", exploring the many different approaches to parenting and family in our community.  I have always loved the metaphor of the family tree.  I was raised with a strong sense of family; not just our own immediate circle, but great-aunts and uncles and cousins twice removed, playing with children whose last names branched out from ours three or four generations ago.  When I was in elementary school, a great aunt and uncle of … [Read more...]

Pagan Families Flash Points: What makes a family?

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The Pagan Families contributors have often talked about wanting a way to explore together our diverse approaches to important Pagan Families topics. We don't want to host a debate exactly, because the last thing we want to do is fan the flames of any mommy wars, but we are hoping to generate some useful friction around our different parenting philosophies and practices, to shed light on topics that are very dear to us and that we do get fired up about.So today we're excited to begin hosting … [Read more...]


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