Mealtime Prayers: Connecting with the Earth

First Fruits

Growing a garden with my children has taught me a lot of things, but first and foremost it has taught me how important connecting with our food is.  It is the most important gift the earth gives to us - the gift of life.  But for many, especially children who sometimes don't even understand the concept intellectually, our food has become completely separated from the earth that grows and sustains it.  When my oldest was two, we watched an episode of Sesame Street together; it showed how milk com … [Read more...]

When Interfaith Comes Home

Opening presents on Eid, an important Muslim holiday

Like many Pagan parents, I do not live in a solely Pagan household. When you factor in extended families, it becomes incredibly rare for a child's entire family to be Pagan. This can definitely create some issues, especially for those with families who don't accept Paganism as a legitimate and positive religion. I'd like to take some time to talk about my own experiences in an interfaith household, and one way to navigate the sometimes thorny issue of children growing up around multiple … [Read more...]

Symbols of Protection

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If you're a parent, you know what it is to worry.  It's so hard to let our little ones go out into the world - to babysitters, to elementary school, to any of the numerous places they go on a daily basis where we can't watch over them.  It's supposed to be nice to have the break, but often I find myself spending more time stressing over how my children are doing than relaxing.Of course, I do my best in the mundane world to make sure my children are safe and happy; but there is a limit to w … [Read more...]

Passing on the Faith: Children’s Sculptures

The Goddess of Love (by 7 y.o. You may notice some heart-hands sculptures in my own work and think he "borrowed" it from me, but it was actually vice versa! He thought of it first!)

In August, Patheos hosted a site-wide conversation about Passing On the Faith to children. I'm a little late to the table, but I have a  related post to share anyway!As I've written previously (see: Mamapriestess), the sociocultural value of a divine presence that validates women’s bodies cannot be overestimated. Indeed, I believe that patriarchal religion in its most destructive way grew out of the devaluation and rejection of female bodies. A religion that rejects the female body, that pla … [Read more...]

Not Everyone Appreciated Our Rite of Passage – A Response

Facing the fire. By Janne Karaste via Wikimedia Commons

Last week I wrote about the coming of age ritual my husband and I did for our five-year old son. That single post has received significant attention: repostings, comments, and discussion. More people may have seen that post than any other I’ve written and there are a few things I want to follow-up on.In retrospect, the title is unclear. I would prefer to re-title it “Rites of Passage for a 5-year-old.” The event was not just a ‘regular’ ritual, it was specifically a rite of passage. ‘5 year o … [Read more...]

Pagan paths for children?

Michelle leading Water n Wax Scrying with Pagan kids, Pagan Alliance Witches' Ball, SF Bay Area 2012

"Pagan parents' emphasis on freedom of religious choice for their children means that some parents are reluctant to consider their children 'Pagan' until (and unless) the children themselves decide to follow Pagan paths." - S. Zohreh Kermani, Pagan Family Values: Childhood And The Religious Imagination In Contemporary American Paganism In August Patheos hosted a site-wide conversation about Passing On the Faith to children. Since Pagans often struggle over whether, when, and how to best pass on … [Read more...]

What Pagan Families Can Learn From Unitarian Universalists

Michelle leading Water n Wax Scrying with Pagan kids, Pagan Alliance Witches' Ball, SF Bay Area 2012

Editor's note: I invited Michelle Mueller to share a guest post with Pagan Families on the Patheos site-wide theme of Passing On The Faith. I was especially excited to receive this post and discover how well it dovetails with other Pagan Families posts from the past week. What Pagan Families Can Learn From Unitarian UniversalistsBy Michelle Mueller, M.Div.I've been Wiccan (or at the least known that I was) since I was 12 years old. Like many of us, I started as a … [Read more...]

Passing Down the Trad

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(This post was originally published at Niki's personal blog, My Own Ashram.)There are a series of blog posts occurring at Patheos on passing along one's faith to kids or a younger generation. I've really enjoyed reading the different perspectives. As I've got two kids of my own, ages 5 and 2.5, here are my two cents.My husband, Adam, and I are raising our kids in a Pagan household. I don't say that we are raising the kids as Pagans, or to be Pagans, but Adam and I run our house in a … [Read more...]


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