Flash Points: Beyond Mommy Blogging

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I'm so excited to announce that Pagan Families contributor Hannah E. Johnston has just released  Children of the Green: Raising our Kids in Pagan Traditions.   In celebration of the new book, June’s Pagan Families Flash Points round-robin topic is all about writing and parenting:  Beyond Mommy Blogging. How do you make time and mental space to write with babies or small children around? What factors do you consider when deciding whether to write about your children or other family members? Wher … [Read more...]

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

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This month's Pagan Families Flash Point is on sexuality. How do we foster healthy attitudes about sex in our kids?First, let’s be clear on what we mean by “kids.” For adolescents, sex and sexual identity are important issues, and adolescents themselves are in a special state, no longer children but not yet adults. The needs of adolescents for education and support around these issues are complex and deserve their own post (or really, their own book!).So, for the purposes of this post, let … [Read more...]

All Acts of Love and Pleasure – Fostering Sensuality in our Kids

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All acts of love and pleasure are my rituals– in the sacred invocation by Doreen Valiente, the goddess calls us to recognise that pleasure and love are acts of divine relationship. This is the heart of a Pagan attitude towards sexuality. Pagan sexual morals are notably different to mainstream religious teachings on the subject. Our model of sacred sexuality is fluid. Even in the most rigid balance-based traditions of Paganism (those that see the male/female balance as crucial to worldly w … [Read more...]

Our Top 5 Posts #Patheos5Yrs

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This week Patheos is celebrating its 5th birthday and later this month Pagan Families will be 3 years old. In honor of these milestones, here are the 5 most popular Pagan Families posts (by page view) since we joined the Patheos family.5. Advocating for Pagan Children in the Public School System by Aurora Lightbringer. "Ultimately, here’s the bottom line: all students have the right to a safe, supportive and welcoming environment in which to learn."4. Symbols of Protection by Molly Khan. … [Read more...]

Pagan Families Flash Points: Let’s Talk About Sex

Last month we launched our new round robin series: Pagan Families Flash Points. We don't want to host a debate exactly, because the last thing we want to do is fan the flames of any mommy wars, but we are hoping to generate some useful friction around our different parenting philosophies and practices, to shed light on topics that are very dear to us and that we do get fired up about.Each month we'll share a topic that we'd love to see lively discussion on. Our regular contributors will … [Read more...]

Plant a Tree

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I live in Nebraska, the home of Arbor Day, and so we hear about it a lot!  Ours is coming up this Friday, but the date varies by state - you can find out yours here.  Growing up, my grandmother and I would plant a tree on her land every year around this time.  There's something amazing about watching a tree grow taller and taller each year; after planting it, watering it, and caring for it carefully.  These days I don't have the land to plant one tree a year, but I still feel it's important to no … [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...]

What Makes a Family – Branches and Roots

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This month, Pagan Families is hosting a discussion on "what makes a family?", exploring the many different approaches to parenting and family in our community.  I have always loved the metaphor of the family tree.  I was raised with a strong sense of family; not just our own immediate circle, but great-aunts and uncles and cousins twice removed, playing with children whose last names branched out from ours three or four generations ago.  When I was in elementary school, a great aunt and uncle of … [Read more...]


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