International (Pagan) Babywearing Week!

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Do you practice babywearing? It's International Babywearing Week! Babywearing is good for babies because being close to a caregiver's breath, heartbeat, and physical movement is good for fragile nervous systems. Babywearing is good for the baby-caregiver pair because it fosters positive emotional attachment and the ability to read baby's cues and communicate. Babywearing is also good for the caregiver whose hands are then freed up to hold an older child's hand, get a chore done, or lead an i … [Read more...]

Link round-up for September: Mothers, godparents, advocates, and more

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Link Round-Up I started Pagan Families so that Pagan moms (and dads and grandparents and...) wouldn't have to reinvent the wheel when welcoming babies, so you could have access to ideas, advice, prayers, rituals, and community support as you navigate the spiritual life of pregnancy and parenting. One way of meeting this goal is gathering up Pagan and Pagan-friendly baby welcoming resources from around the web and sharing them on social media. Here's some of the best of those links from … [Read more...]

Book Reviews: Pagan Children Learning Series

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In keeping with our recent posts about passing on the faith via art and about books for pagan children, I recently had the opportunity to review a set of three short books in the Pagan Children Learning series by Pie Plate Publishing. Written by Rowan Moss and illustrated by T.S. Lamb,What are the Elements?, Who is a Witch?, and What is Magic? are short, direct, gentle books explaining some core concepts in paganism. While I don't consider myself Wiccan, the Who is a Witch? book was my favorite o … [Read more...]

Advocating for Pagan Children in the Public School System

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Advocating for Pagan Children in the Public School SystemBy Aurora LightbringerSeveral weeks ago there was a comment from a Pagan mom named Katie on the Pagan Families Facebook page. Katie’s children, who openly identify as and call themselves witches, were experiencing a struggle for acceptance of their tradition at school. Katie posted seeking advice about this situation: “I am looking for any articles on young children going to public schools , I have enrolled my daughters who are ope … [Read more...]

Picture Books for Pagan Families: Autumn Equinox

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Blessed Equinox! This is the inaugural post in a new series on Picture Books for Pagan Families by longtime Pagan Families reader Meg Yardley.Picture Books for Pagan Families: Autumn EquinoxBy Meg YardleyAt the Autumn Equinox, also known as Mabon (after a hero from Welsh mythology), Pagan families celebrate the time of the harvest, give thanks for the year’s blessings, and honor the moment of balance as the days and nights are equal.  Although the Autumn Equinox is not one of the mos … [Read more...]

Passing on the Faith: Children’s Sculptures

The Goddess of Love (by 7 y.o. You may notice some heart-hands sculptures in my own work and think he "borrowed" it from me, but it was actually vice versa! He thought of it first!)

In August, Patheos hosted a site-wide conversation about Passing On the Faith to children. I'm a little late to the table, but I have a  related post to share anyway!As I've written previously (see: Mamapriestess), the sociocultural value of a divine presence that validates women’s bodies cannot be overestimated. Indeed, I believe that patriarchal religion in its most destructive way grew out of the devaluation and rejection of female bodies. A religion that rejects the female body, that pla … [Read more...]

Birth Guardians: Leslie Stager RN, LMT

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Today’s profile of Leslie Stager, RN, LMT is part of our series profiling people who work with pregnancy, birth, or the postpartum period (prenatal massage therapists, childbirth educators, OB/GYNs, doulas, midwives, lactation consultants, labor & delivery nurses, pediatricians, etc.) and are Pagan or work with a Pagan community. Check out the previous Birth Guardian profiles. If you would like to be a part of the series please send an email to paganfamilieseditor@gmail.com.   Now here’s Lesl … [Read more...]

Not Everyone Appreciated Our Rite of Passage – A Response

Facing the fire. By Janne Karaste via Wikimedia Commons

Last week I wrote about the coming of age ritual my husband and I did for our five-year old son. That single post has received significant attention: repostings, comments, and discussion. More people may have seen that post than any other I’ve written and there are a few things I want to follow-up on.In retrospect, the title is unclear. I would prefer to re-title it “Rites of Passage for a 5-year-old.” The event was not just a ‘regular’ ritual, it was specifically a rite of passage. ‘5 year o … [Read more...]


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