Review: Parenting with a Story

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Paul Smith, Parenting with a Story: Real Life Lessons in Character for Parents and Children to Share (AMACOM, 2014). 272 pages.Once upon a time my mother stepped out of a friend's car and down an open sewer grate. Fortunately she grabbed onto the sides of the hole as she fell, and her friends helped her climb back out. My mom told me the story a decade and a half later, when I was a little girl, and the idea that I might fall into a sewer followed me for a decade after that. Stories are an … [Read more...]

My Top Thirteen Pagan Picture Books About the Moon

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by Meg YardleyAfter my series reviewing picture books for celebrating the cycles of the sun and the seasons, I began to gather a list of favorite picture books honoring the moon. Let me just say: This is not an exhaustive list! Even after extensive searching, I’ve barely scratched the surface of all the picture books on this topic.  So this is simply a list of some of my favorite Pagan-friendly moon books among those I’ve read – thirteen books for the thirteen full moons in a year.  There is … [Read more...]

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...]

“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...]

Review: Divorcing a Real Witch

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Review: Divorcing a Real Witch: For Pagans and the People That Used to Love Them by Diane RajchelThis is a book I asked to review not because I have been through the pain and process of divorce myself, but because it offers another perspective in the raft of pagan lifestyle books that are currently appearing. I have to admit though that as the child of divorced parents, and as an author interested in the lives of children, I didn’t come to this title without investment and interest. It is s … [Read more...]

Book Notes: Mothering From Your Center

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I checked out Mothering From Your Center  from my local library and read it over the course of the spring. Tami Lynn Kent doesn't write specifically for Pagans, but there's so much in this book that would appeal to Pagan parents.It's a book focused on energy tools for pregnancy and birth as well as connecting birth energy with parenting. "Just like the intense opening that happens in birth, there are times in mothering when your capacity will be stretched to its edges." -Tami Lynn Ken … [Read more...]

Picture Books for Pagan Families: Summer Solstice

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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...]

Book Review (OT): Goddess Calling

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“Any woman who has birthed or raised a child, had a book published, started an organization, manifested a temple – they all know the strength, courage and determination women possess…” –Karen Tate, Goddess Calling I've been a huge fan of Karen Tate's radio show Voices of the Sacred Feminine for several years. The voice of Karen and her versatile, diverse, talented, inspirational guests keep me company every week on my commute to teach at a military base.Goddess Calling sounds just like Kare … [Read more...]

Picture Books for Pagan Families: Beltane

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By Meg Yardley Beltane, or May Day, celebrates the fertility of the earth, the diversity of our community, and the joys of living in a body.  Traditions for this holiday that are especially fun with children including gathering flowers to make wreaths and garlands; getting up at dawn to bathe your face in the dew; and dancing the Maypole. Here are some recipes for May Day, and I also love this piece on "How to celebrate Beltane with a 4-year-old”.In honor of Beltane, you may want to seek ou … [Read more...]

Spell for Family Balance

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For a number of years we've had a family mantra: our family works in harmony to meet each member's needs. At times, I've felt like I'm repeating it through clenched teeth. At times, I have felt that none of our needs are being met well and at times I've felt like harmony is a distant, unattainable treasure. However, we keep using it and sometimes, sometimes it feels like we're there. I do not subscribe to the ideal of the self-sacrificing parent. I refuse to repeat the cliche that "everyone has … [Read more...]


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