Review: Parenting with a Story

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Paul Smith, Parenting with a Story: Real Life Lessons in Character for Parents and Children to Share (AMACOM, 2014). 272 pages.Once upon a time my mother stepped out of a friend's car and down an open sewer grate. Fortunately she grabbed onto the sides of the hole as she fell, and her friends helped her climb back out. My mom told me the story a decade and a half later, when I was a little girl, and the idea that I might fall into a sewer followed me for a decade after that. Stories are an … [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...]

Parenting and Pagan Consent Culture

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I’m in the process of transcribing and editing a conversation I had with priestess, writer, counselor, mama, activist, and also my very good friend Sierra Black about Paganism, consent culture, and raising children.Here’s a little nugget of wisdom from Sierra, that’s in my transcript: “Having other parents in my community who are really committed to consent and really teaching that value to their children is really powerful for me in helping me continue to do that. Being in community helps m … [Read more...]

Enchanted Composting

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"I'm going out to the compost. Does anyone want to come with me?" I asked, and a moment of near panic followed when the kids thought I might get there without them. "Coming, coming!" piped the one year old, and the five year old chimed in, "Wait just a second--I need to pause the TV!"We've had our compost tumbler since August, and the kids are still excited about dumping in food scraps and leaves, smashing eggshells, and pushing the composter hard to get it turning: all good sensorimotor … [Read more...]

Haunted Time

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By C. B. CabeenMy oldest child turns five this month, and I've been looking back at my journals from the first two weeks after she was born.  I haven't seen a lot of postpartum writing I resonate with, so I wanted to share a couple journal excerpts related to Samhain.  I've edited them to connect pieces and make the images less fragmentary.Where was I this October when the new grass greened?  I was incubating at home with my freshly born baby, who sprang out five or six days after th … [Read more...]

My Top Thirteen Pagan Picture Books About the Moon

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by Meg YardleyAfter my series reviewing picture books for celebrating the cycles of the sun and the seasons, I began to gather a list of favorite picture books honoring the moon. Let me just say: This is not an exhaustive list! Even after extensive searching, I’ve barely scratched the surface of all the picture books on this topic.  So this is simply a list of some of my favorite Pagan-friendly moon books among those I’ve read – thirteen books for the thirteen full moons in a year.  There is … [Read more...]

5 ways to keep the family story alive so kids can thrive

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Research shows that sharing family stories boosts kids' self-esteem and sense of control in their lives. Knowing the family narrative makes kids happier and more resilient because they know their place in the family.As Bruce Feiler wrote in the New York Times: "The single most important thing you can do for your family may be the simplest of all: develop a strong family narrative."Good news -- we Pagans excel at constructing and sharing narratives, and we especially find opportunities to … [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...]


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