Children Who Rest with My Ancestors: Part 1

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Trigger warning: this is a discussion of miscarriage, and I include some intense emotions and strong imagery.  Please be cautious if this is a triggering subject for you.Last week was the fifth anniversary of my first miscarriage.  I remember this horrible moment throughout the year - the day I found out I was pregnant, the day my baby was supposed to have been born - but none stands out more than this day.  I was three months pregnant, supposedly beyond the danger zone, but I had been bl … [Read more...]

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When Kids Meet the Gods

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A few years ago, my oldest daughter and I picked out a new book to read at bedtime: Odd and the Frost Giants, by Neil Gaiman.  It's a fun book about a Norse boy named Odd who becomes swept up in a grand adventure with Odin, Thor, and Loki; and he meets a few other deities along the way.  My daughter absolutely loved it, and was immediately caught up in this compelling story about Gods that had, so far, only been distant names in grown-up rituals.It was the middle of June, and so one night a h … [Read more...]

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The Importance of Self Care

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When my first daughter was born, everything was pretty great.  My family and my husband's family were incredibly helpful, my husband stayed home for two months and I didn't go back to work until my daughter was four months old.  She had some difficulty picking up nursing, but eventually got the knack of it, and we went about our lives as a happy little three-person family.  It was easy to sit down after she went to bed and make time to watch a movie or read a book, and this was exactly what I ne … [Read more...]

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Why Pagan Families Want Temples

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The new Heathen temple being built in Reykjavik, Iceland has been all over my facebook the last few days.  The title of most of the articles is a bit misleading: it's certainly not the first temple to the Heathen Gods in 1,000 years, I visited a beautiful Hof in Michigan just this past fall!  But overall I couldn't be more pleased that the Asatruarfelagid is making this happen.  I have always been a huge proponent of public Pagan temples, and to see that one group is starting to realize that dr … [Read more...]

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Kids Can Charm the Plow

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For many Heathens, this time of year marks the celebration of the Charming of the Plow, a ritual to honor the earth and encourage growth and fertility in the coming seasons.  The concept is very simple: giving offerings to the earth as you begin to stir up the soil for the first time that year.  I wrote a simple song to the tune of 'Twinkle Twinkle Little Star', and my children and I will sing it this year as we give to the earth and prepare our first seeds for planting. Soil, soil, running d … [Read more...]

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5 Ideas for Kids’ Imbolc Fun

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 Imbolc is the Pagan holiday that often gets the least press, often because people aren't really sure how to relate it to their modern life.  Milk is great, but when it's available year-round, it's hard to get excited about its coming.  Here's some fun alternative ideas for a fun Imbolc with children!1. Making a Brighid's Cross - this ever-popular Imbolc craft is great for older kids and younger ones with parent help.  It can be done with reeds, straw, or pipe cleaners; whatever you … [Read more...]

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Talking to Kids About Death

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My husband's grandmother caught Influenza A at the end of last year, and has been in the hospital for a few weeks now.  The doctors have told us to expect her passing any day.  This is hard for my husband, for his family, and has been especially difficult for our children - her great-grandchildren.  Though she has been unable to care for herself for some time now, her family rallied around her, and she has been a constant presence in my mother-in-law's home.  They live a block away from us, and w … [Read more...]

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5 Ideas for Solstice Fun for Kids

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This time of year is busy for all, but especially for Pagans - with extended family celebrations, many rituals to attend or perform, and still recovering from the Samhain fun, each year I feel like I'm being driven a little closer to the edge!  But there are lots of fun family traditions that can be celebrated without a lot of time or extended prep, and since you might be a little cheerier with all the time you're saving, the kids will appreciate them even more! Create A Solstice A … [Read more...]

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