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

In June, the Pagan Families community wrote about writing, shared photos of parenting, and, as always, did some great reading. Read more

Picture Books for Pagan Families: Summer Solstice

The 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. Read more

Wild Raspberry Cobbler

…The spirit of adventure runs through my veins with the rich color of crushed raspberry May 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… Read more

5 baby gear essentials

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? Read more

Top Ten Tips for Writing with Babies at Home

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. Read more

Flash Points: Birthing the Mother-Writer

After my first son was born in 2003, I felt silenced. Stifled. Shut down. Squelched. Denied. Invisible. Dissolved. Muted. I felt suffocated, chewed up and my bones spit out, erased, deconstructed, worthless, and useless. But what helped me a great deal during this time were the voices of other women. Read more

Flash Points: Beyond Mommy Blogging

In celebration of Hannah E. Johnston’s new book Children of the Green: Raising our Kids in Pagan Traditions, June’s Pagan Families Flash Points round-robin topic is all about writing and parenting. Read more

May Link Round-Up: Birthdays, bodies, and bacteria

In May we celebrated the two-year anniversary of the Mother’s Wisdom Deck. We held our second Flash Points round robin, on the topic of children and sexuality in Paganism. In honor of International Midwives Day, we looked back at Pagan Families articles about midwives. Patheos celebrated its 5th birthday and featured a Pagan Families post on the main #Patheos5yrs page. And Pagan Families turned 3. Happy birthday to us! Read more

Why Kids Need Touch, and How Consent Culture Helps Them Get It

Building the groundwork for healthy adolescent sexuality begins with what we teach our babies, toddlers, pre-schoolers, and elementary-aged kids about two things: loving, non-sexual touch and consent. Read more

What makes a family? Opening up…

We’ve never experienced an unexpected pregnancy before. After my initial feelings of surprise and some degree of distress and even sadness, I was really amazed to see how very soon I started to feel space opening up in my mind, heart, body, and family for a new person. And, I thought, isn’t this the very essence of family? Opening up. Read more