Sharing Our Spiritual Path With Our Children, Part 1 of 4

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Editor's Note: This blog series comes from a paper and presentation Taffy Dugan wrote on Pagan parenting and sharing spiritual practices with children.  After beginning to research and receiving a surprising amount of interest, Taffy realized that the best way to serve the Goddess and the community was to blog about it. With her permission, Pagan Families is republishing lightly edited versions of the series from her site MagickalKids.For many reasons, a lot of Pagan parents feel leery … [Read more...]

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The Invisible Art of Play

Melissa and Doug Caterpillar Grasping Toy (I know, it's not really a snake)

Has creating spells and making magic helped you hone your parenting skills?   I haven't seen any experts list spellcrafting or analogical thinking as an important parenting ability, but maybe they should.  Let me tell you a story.One time this rainbow snake toy saved me from the minor embarrassment of being that parent, the one whose kid is screaming on your plane's final descent, and it saved my then two year old from the full distress of being buckled down against her will. She'd been i … [Read more...]

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A Pagan Mother’s Day

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Happy Mother's Day to all mothers, grandmothers, and those who care for children!  Though this is a secular holiday, the idea of honoring one's elders (and especially mothers!) in a spiritual way was widespread in early Germanic and Celtic society, which gives this day a sacred connotation for some modern-day Pagans.  According to Wikipedia, the cult of the Matres and Matrones (meaning mothers and matrons, respectively) was incredibly popular during the first through fifth century AD; and we can … [Read more...]

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Beltane for Kids

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Beltane - it's one of the biggest holidays of the Pagan year, rivaled only by Samhain.  And yet for many, it is one of the most difficult holidays to relate to.  The emphasis placed on  (hetero!)sexual activity and fertility can be alienating for many groups of people, including our own children.  This is not simply a morality issue - whether parents and guardians want their children exposed to sexual themes and imagery - though that certainly is one part of it.  The biggest issue with children a … [Read more...]

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Celebrate Earth Day Pagan Style!

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Earth day is coming!  This year it falls on Wednesday, April 22nd.  In my part of the Midwest, most schools celebrate Earth Day with the children - followed closely by Arbor Day, a sacred Nebraska tradition!  Here's some ideas to celebrate Earth Day with your children, with an added spiritual element to help them understand why we honor the earth beyond just minimizing global warming.Pick an Earth goddess, and address Her when doing any Earth Day activities Nerthus and Jord are two popular … [Read more...]

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What Good is Paganism for Families?

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For a large portion of the time I have been Pagan, I have also been a mother.  This surprises some people, both on- and off-line; Paganism has a reputation of being for teenagers and experimenting twenty-somethings.  While I'm very glad those demographics can find something useful in my religion, I honestly feel like it's the best choice for a mother of three from the midwest, too!The best part about Paganism?  Most Pagans are not only open-minded about differences that much of society looks … [Read more...]

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The 4 best reads from March

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It's time again for the monthly link round-up of the best articles and resources for Pagan families from around the web.About families and ancestor work, from Witches and Pagans: "Yes, I know the topic of ancestor work can be a controversial one in the pagan community, because so many of us have deceased family members we wouldn’t call on if it was the last option open to us." About birth & death in Paganism, from The Wild Hunt: "Moore has been working for 15 years to make midwifery mo … [Read more...]

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Beltane Flowers for our Neighbors

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It's April 1st, and that means that Beltane is only a month away - as one of the biggest holidays in the Pagan community, I know a lot of us are already starting to prepare!  I have such fond memories of May Day growing up, and the traditions associated with it have always lent their charm to my conception of Beltane.  We would craft little baskets, usually filled with candy or other little treats, and leave them on neighbors' doorsteps early in the morning.  At school we usually did the same, an … [Read more...]

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