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...]

September Link Round-Up: Back to school, autumn equinox, and sacred abundance

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Oh, September, how did you sweep by so fast? In you we saw our children return to school. We celebrated Autumn Equinox in planned and unexpected ways. September saw the anniversary of Meg Yardley's first essay in her Picture Books for Pagan Families series.As always, here's the month's best links & resources from around the web:"School was the biggest challenge to raising my kids in heathenry, but I looked at it as a way to open up a dialogue with my kids about history, friendship, a … [Read more...]

Reader survey: tell us what you want

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Hey readers, you're the lifeblood of Pagan Families! You're the reason we write about Paganism and parenting and pregnancy on the blog and you're the reason we curate the social media. We do it to support and inspire you. We could really use some insight into what you want from us. Will you take a few minutes to take this survey? Loading... … [Read more...]

“My Family is Different” by Jessica Marie Baumgartner

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I'm always on the lookout for Pagan picture books for my children to enjoy, so when I was given the chance to review My Family is Different by Jessica Marie Baumgartner, I jumped on the chance.  While most books of this genre for younger children will focus on teaching them about Pagan traditions, myths, and faith, Jessica goes in a whole new direction that I really love.The book begins with a little girl, reflecting on how different her family is.  Her mother tells her that everyone's fa … [Read more...]

Of Children, Paint, and Unplanned Sabbats

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By C. B. CabeenWhen Beltane came, we'd planned to dance a May Pole at my older daughter's preschool.  Not exactly pagan, but I don't know many pagan families locally, and the school May Pole was as close to traditional as we were going to get.  Well, my daughter lost all interest in it at the last minute.  Maybe it was because she'd gotten frustrated making her May crown.  Or maybe it was just too hot.Beltane where I live starts summer.   The green spring grass gives way to gold, roses bl … [Read more...]

A Pagan Thanksgiving

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For my family, the autumnal equinox has always been our 'Pagan Thanksgiving'.  A few months later, we have actual Thanksgiving with both my husband's and my extended family, but this is a more intimate, immediate-family oriented gathering.  Just as the big get-togethers have their traditions and expectations, our little family has its own customs.On the equinox, everyone helps to make the feast, often with veggies harvested from the garden.  Little ones are given simple tasks like mashing th … [Read more...]

Children and Public Paganism

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I am very active in my local Pagan community - I'm a member of a few groups, regularly attend a few more, and host the occasional public ritual at my home.  My sort-of dirty secret is that I don't do these things for me, not completely; and I don't do them to completely selflessly build community.  Honestly, I was pretty satisfied with my personal daily practice, and didn't feel a need for much else.  One of the huge reasons I'm so involved with public Paganism is children.It didn't quite oc … [Read more...]

The Pagan Parenting Blogs You Read

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When Mama Stacey shared the link to her blog the other day, I realized there's a world of Pagan parenting blogs out there that I don't know about. So I asked on Facebook what Pagan parenting blogs readers recommend, and here's the list that was shared:In the House of Mama Stacey "This blog is about a real Pagan family in a real NW Pennsylvania town.  We're vegetarians (except Papa J, who still sneaks jerky and bacon when he thinks Mama Stacey isn't looking!), liberal thinkers, earth lo … [Read more...]


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