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...]

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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...]

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10 Great Reads of December on Paganism, parenting, social justice, and celebrating the season

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A monthly round-up of the best links shared and discussed on our active Facebook and Twitter streams.On Paganism and bringing babies into the world:"This Life Is Important" by J. Brown: "As a professional yoga teacher, I almost never use the term: “Life Force.” It just feels too woo-woo or cheesy and triggers my revulsion for new-age fluff. However, in attempting to describe the experience of witnessing my wife giving birth to our second child, I can think of no other term that fits more … [Read more...]

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Centering Black voices for racial justice #BlackLivesMatter

Pagan Families has been too slow to write about the current movement for racial justice and to affirm that #BlackLivesMatter. In "A Commitment to Realignment and Resignation" Crystal Blanton explains why Pagan organizations must be clear in their opposition to racial injustice.So I wrote something frankly pretty indulgent about my personal grappling with white privilege as a parent. It was useful to me to write it, but I've decided not to publish it. I realized that what I'm hearing over and … [Read more...]

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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...]

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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...]

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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...]

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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...]

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