Where Babies Come From: A Heathen View

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This month, Pagan Families is talking about where babies come from - what us bloggers believe about souls, birth, and how they all fit together.  For Heathens, it can get a bit complicated.  Some believe in true reincarnation, where souls of those who have passed on are placed in unborn children (often in the same family line) to live again.  Some believe that each new child is a completely new and unique being.  I think my view fits somewhere in the middle.In Heathenry, many believe that a p … [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...]

Top Ten Tips for Writing with Babies at Home

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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...]

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...]

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...]

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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