Wild Raspberry Cobbler

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...The spirit of adventure runs through my veins with the rich color of crushed raspberryMay it always run so free may it be blessed and may I be reminded of the courage and love shown in small, wild adventures. via Small Adventures.Last year I wrote about my "Inanna's descent" as I picked wild raspberries with my children. ...I was thinking about how I was hot, tired, sweaty, sore, scratched, bloody, worn, and stained from what “should” have been a simple, fun little outing wit … [Read more...]

5 baby gear essentials

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I asked on Facebook and Twitter about essential baby gear: There's so much Stuff you can buy when preparing to welcome a baby, but most of us don't really need most of it. What one or two baby items would you recommend a new parent definitely get?The answers revealed that gear for babywearing, diapering, and feeding were most important to you, followed by bundling up baby and a place for baby to rest:Babywearing. By far the most popular advice is to get a good carrier, Ergo, … [Read more...]

Top Ten Tips for Writing with Babies at Home

Baby writing photo by Ellie http://www.flickr.com/photos/fotofrivolity08/13008978453/

Since I was a child I have written, but the challenges of writing with babies and small children at home took me unawares. All through my pregnancy I wrote academic books and then as soon as my babies were born I had no idea how I was going to continue to write. Here are some tips that helped me, and positively changed my writing... Prioritise your writing - whether it's ten minutes or two hours, give yourself a pocket in the day to write. It's important for your sanity, for your well being … [Read more...]

Flash Points: Birthing the Mother-Writer

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This post is part of our June Pagan Flash Points series on "Beyond Mommy Blogging."After my first son was born in 2003, I felt silenced. Stifled. Shut down. Squelched. Denied. Invisible. Dissolved. Muted. I felt suffocated, chewed up and my bones spit out, erased, deconstructed, worthless, and useless. In hindsight, I see the PPD-ish glint behind these feelings, though some of these feelings also featured in my pre-motherhood neuroses, and the postpartum time following my first baby's birth … [Read more...]

Flash Points: Beyond Mommy Blogging

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I'm so excited to announce that Pagan Families contributor Hannah E. Johnston has just released  Children of the Green: Raising our Kids in Pagan Traditions.   In celebration of the new book, June’s Pagan Families Flash Points round-robin topic is all about writing and parenting:  Beyond Mommy Blogging. How do you make time and mental space to write with babies or small children around? What factors do you consider when deciding whether to write about your children or other family members? Wher … [Read more...]

May Link Round-Up: Birthdays, bodies, and bacteria

Mother's Wisdom Deck

Each month I look back over the great links and discussions we share on Pagan Families' social media and I compile the best and most enduring links and things in a monthly link round-up.In May we celebrated the two-year anniversary of the Mother's Wisdom Deck. We held our second Flash Points round robin, on the topic of children and sexuality in Paganism. In honor of International Midwives Day, we looked back at Pagan Families articles about midwives. Patheos celebrated its 5th … [Read more...]

Why Kids Need Touch, and How Consent Culture Helps Them Get It

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This month's Pagan Families Flash Point is on sexuality. How do we foster healthy attitudes about sex in our kids?First, let’s be clear on what we mean by “kids.” For adolescents, sex and sexual identity are important issues, and adolescents themselves are in a special state, no longer children but not yet adults. The needs of adolescents for education and support around these issues are complex and deserve their own post (or really, their own book!).So, for the purposes of this post, let … [Read more...]

What makes a family? Opening up…

April 2014 096

Sacred Body  Sacred Space Sacred WombHolding enfolding protecting nourishing.Spinning cells into soul into body into breath into life.Unfurling without conscious control or effort. Dancing together in the incredible might of creation...I missed my chance to officially participate in our first Pagan Families Flashpoints series on the topic of what makes a family, but I still have something to say about the topic anyway! For me, the question of what makes a … [Read more...]


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