How to choose a doula

Doula Jen Miriam Altman supports mom in labor. From https://www.flickr.com/photos/greendoula/9266244478/

A friend recently asked for advice on choosing a doula to share with her pregnant coven-mate. Since finding a great birth doula can make a huge difference in a birthing experience, I thought I'd share here what I wrote to her.A doula should offer a free initial consultation and I'd suggest interviewing at least a couple of doulas that way. The most important thing is a matter of personal fit: does the doula feel like someone you can be vulnerable around?Otherwise there are all kinda of … [Read more...]

The Revolving Wheel

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 “With a new awareness, both painful and humorous, I begin to understand why the saints were rarely married women. I am convinced it has nothing inherently to do, as I once supposed, with chastity or children. It has to do primarily with distractions. The bearing, rearing, feeding and educating of children; the running of a house with its thousand details; human relationships with their myriad pulls–woman’s normal occupations in general run counter to creative life, or contemplative life, or sain … [Read more...]

Flash Points: Magical Parenting

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July's Pagan Families Flash Points round-robin topic is about how we integrate magic into our daily parenting practice: Magical Parenting. Share some of your magical solutions to common parenting problems. (This post about protective runes would be in this genre.) Do you involve your children in this magic? How do you decide when to use magical solutions? Our regular contributors will write on this topic throughout the month and we invite you to write on your own blog and share the link with … [Read more...]

June Link Round-Up: Our words, our pictures, our bodies

children of the green

Here's a look back at June from the Pagan Families perspective:Pagan Families contributor Hannah E. Johnston released Children of the Green: Raising our Kids in Pagan Traditions. Get your copy from the Pagan Families bookstore. In celebration, our Flash Points theme last month was Beyond Mommy Blogging, which got some great posts about writing while parenting little ones.In honor of Facebook's new breastfeeding photo policy, we shared lots of breastfeeding photos on our Facebook page. … [Read more...]

Picture Books for Pagan Families: Summer Solstice

summer sun risin

By Meg YardleyThe Summer Solstice celebrates the longest day (and shortest night) of the year, the height of the sun’s power, the abundant energy and magic all around us, and our own sense of achievement and empowerment.  You and your family might want to watch the sun set for the shortest night; host a costume party that celebrates magical transformation; make sun symbol art; drink sun tea; or write down something you want to transform and burn it in a small fire.  This year I especially wan … [Read more...]

Wild Raspberry Cobbler

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...The spirit of adventure runs through my veins with the rich color of crushed raspberryMay it always run so free may it be blessed and may I be reminded of the courage and love shown in small, wild adventures. via Small Adventures.Last year I wrote about my "Inanna's descent" as I picked wild raspberries with my children. ...I was thinking about how I was hot, tired, sweaty, sore, scratched, bloody, worn, and stained from what “should” have been a simple, fun little outing wit … [Read more...]

5 baby gear essentials

By Dynam0tv (Own work) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

I asked on Facebook and Twitter about essential baby gear: There's so much Stuff you can buy when preparing to welcome a baby, but most of us don't really need most of it. What one or two baby items would you recommend a new parent definitely get?The answers revealed that gear for babywearing, diapering, and feeding were most important to you, followed by bundling up baby and a place for baby to rest:Babywearing. By far the most popular advice is to get a good carrier, Ergo, … [Read more...]

Top Ten Tips for Writing with Babies at Home

Baby writing photo by Ellie http://www.flickr.com/photos/fotofrivolity08/13008978453/

Since I was a child I have written, but the challenges of writing with babies and small children at home took me unawares. All through my pregnancy I wrote academic books and then as soon as my babies were born I had no idea how I was going to continue to write. Here are some tips that helped me, and positively changed my writing... Prioritise your writing - whether it's ten minutes or two hours, give yourself a pocket in the day to write. It's important for your sanity, for your well being … [Read more...]


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