Beltane Flowers for our Neighbors

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It's April 1st, and that means that Beltane is only a month away - as one of the biggest holidays in the Pagan community, I know a lot of us are already starting to prepare!  I have such fond memories of May Day growing up, and the traditions associated with it have always lent their charm to my conception of Beltane.  We would craft little baskets, usually filled with candy or other little treats, and leave them on neighbors' doorsteps early in the morning.  At school we usually did the same, an … [Read more...]

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5 Things my Kids Taught Me about Beauty

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Having children and being a stay at home mom has taught me so many things about life - especially about multitasking!  But as a Pagan parent, one of the most important things my children have taught me is seeing and appreciating the beauty all around me.  Here's the top five things my kids have taught me about beauty:1) Beauty is present in the smallest things.  This past fall, as my son and I walked his older sister to school every morning, we noticed a yellow garden spider.  This spider sta … [Read more...]

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3 great reads for Pagan parents

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Pagan Families is a multi-author blog about Paganism, pregnancy, parenting, and family life, yes, but it's also a resource library and a community discussion forum. We publish new articles here. We share and discuss them and lots more on Facebook and Twitter. Then each month, I round up the best new writing and resources and put it into a post, like this one for February.But first, a bit of news: we welcome Jason Mankey as the new Patheos Pagan editor and wish Christine Kraemer well in the … [Read more...]

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Children Who Rest with My Ancestors: Part 1

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Trigger warning: this is a discussion of miscarriage, and I include some intense emotions and strong imagery.  Please be cautious if this is a triggering subject for you.Last week was the fifth anniversary of my first miscarriage.  I remember this horrible moment throughout the year - the day I found out I was pregnant, the day my baby was supposed to have been born - but none stands out more than this day.  I was three months pregnant, supposedly beyond the danger zone, but I had been bl … [Read more...]

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What Nights Are For

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I lie awake in the dark with my children beside me, one on each side. The little one snuggles with her whole body, the big one with just an outstretched hand. I remember when she followed me in her sleep like a sunflower follows the sun; now when she does that, it usually means she needs another blanket. As I write this, I'm starting the slow process of night-weaning my second child, and it's gotten me thinking on how we sleep. I've done little sleep training, since it's easier to change my own … [Read more...]

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When Kids Meet the Gods

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A few years ago, my oldest daughter and I picked out a new book to read at bedtime: Odd and the Frost Giants, by Neil Gaiman.  It's a fun book about a Norse boy named Odd who becomes swept up in a grand adventure with Odin, Thor, and Loki; and he meets a few other deities along the way.  My daughter absolutely loved it, and was immediately caught up in this compelling story about Gods that had, so far, only been distant names in grown-up rituals.It was the middle of June, and so one night a h … [Read more...]

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The Importance of Self Care

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When my first daughter was born, everything was pretty great.  My family and my husband's family were incredibly helpful, my husband stayed home for two months and I didn't go back to work until my daughter was four months old.  She had some difficulty picking up nursing, but eventually got the knack of it, and we went about our lives as a happy little three-person family.  It was easy to sit down after she went to bed and make time to watch a movie or read a book, and this was exactly what I ne … [Read more...]

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2 Mama Essays and 2 Pregnancy Prayers + 1 Roadmap To a Healthy Birth

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Here's the round-up of January's best reads for Pagan families from around the web.Two Mama Essays:Amy Wright Glenn, The ocean, the Buddha and nummies: "Truly nothing prepared me for the biological beauty of nourishing my son with milk made in my body." Molly at Talk Birth, Womb Labyrinth: "Birth journey. Each of us walks our own path. In the center, a baby waits. And, so too, wait deep truths about ourselves. Our own courage, our own fears, our own strength, our own p … [Read more...]

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