Kids Can Charm the Plow

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For many Heathens, this time of year marks the celebration of the Charming of the Plow, a ritual to honor the earth and encourage growth and fertility in the coming seasons.  The concept is very simple: giving offerings to the earth as you begin to stir up the soil for the first time that year.  I wrote a simple song to the tune of 'Twinkle Twinkle Little Star', and my children and I will sing it this year as we give to the earth and prepare our first seeds for planting. Soil, soil, running d … [Read more...]

5 Ideas for Kids’ Imbolc Fun

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 Imbolc is the Pagan holiday that often gets the least press, often because people aren't really sure how to relate it to their modern life.  Milk is great, but when it's available year-round, it's hard to get excited about its coming.  Here's some fun alternative ideas for a fun Imbolc with children!1. Making a Brighid's Cross - this ever-popular Imbolc craft is great for older kids and younger ones with parent help.  It can be done with reeds, straw, or pipe cleaners; whatever you … [Read more...]

Talking to Kids About Death

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My husband's grandmother caught Influenza A at the end of last year, and has been in the hospital for a few weeks now.  The doctors have told us to expect her passing any day.  This is hard for my husband, for his family, and has been especially difficult for our children - her great-grandchildren.  Though she has been unable to care for herself for some time now, her family rallied around her, and she has been a constant presence in my mother-in-law's home.  They live a block away from us, and w … [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...]

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...]

The Secret of Saying Thanks

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This past weekend, I was lucky enough to have a little classroom at the local Unitarian Universalist church, filled with little ones learning a lesson on thankfulness.  The kids are always fun, and I've discovered many gems since exploring the UU curriculum.  This week, I found The Secret of Saying Thanks by Douglas Wood.It's an absolutely gorgeous book, with soft and beautiful illustrations, but what really struck me was the message, and how well it fit into a Pagan or Heathen worldview.  U … [Read more...]

September Link Round-Up: Back to school, autumn equinox, and sacred abundance

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Oh, September, how did you sweep by so fast? In you we saw our children return to school. We celebrated Autumn Equinox in planned and unexpected ways. September saw the anniversary of Meg Yardley's first essay in her Picture Books for Pagan Families series.As always, here's the month's best links & resources from around the web:"School was the biggest challenge to raising my kids in heathenry, but I looked at it as a way to open up a dialogue with my kids about history, friendship, a … [Read more...]

Reader survey: tell us what you want

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Hey readers, you're the lifeblood of Pagan Families! You're the reason we write about Paganism and parenting and pregnancy on the blog and you're the reason we curate the social media. We do it to support and inspire you. We could really use some insight into what you want from us. Will you take a few minutes to take this survey? Loading... … [Read more...]


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