Rituals for a 5-Year-Old

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(This was originally posted on Niki's personal site, My Own Ashram.)Last week my son had his 5 Year Old Rituals. What does that mean? Let's start at the beginning.My son was born prematurely and spent the first month of his life in the NICU (neonatal intensive care unit). It was easily the worst month of my life. Son, B, was born healthy and strong, though very, very small. He has grown to inherit both his mother's and his father's emotional intensity, so while he's a bright, healthy, … [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...]

Link round-up

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"What is more mysterious than the great unknown existing beyond the frontiers of birth and death?" - Amy Wright Glenn in Birth, Breath, & Death, the Sacred Readings: A Global Book Club book in June. It's time for a round-up of the best links shared on the Pagan Families Facebook page in July.On Pagan Pregnancy and Parenting:From The Allergic Pagan: The Challenges of Family Rituals: "Paganism can be incredibly intricate. In simplifying it for my children, is something lost in the … [Read more...]

Planning Pagan Families Includes Access To EC

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After 10 years of debate in the U.S., emergency contraception (EC) is now on store shelves nationwide.  Access to safe, reliable contraception is an essential part of our healthcare and ability to plan our families.Today is the first day of an #ECOTC Week of Celebration planned from August 1st to August 8th. Check out the celebratory and informative Tumblr site where you can upload a photo of EC in your own hands.We've discussed contraception so rarely here at Pagan Families that I hadn … [Read more...]

When Pagans Adopt: Open your soul, heart, and mind

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I interviewed Tara “Masery” Miller in June about her experience initiating the adoption process. She writes the Staff of Asclepius blog here at Patheos and we previously published her beautiful essay about facing infertility. This week I checked in on her progress, and she generously answered five new questions:1.      You're further along in your adoption process now. Can you briefly describe what that means?That means we are about half way done with our fostering and adoption classes. W … [Read more...]

Can children appreciate nature?

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Last week John Halstead wrote about his family vacation and his disappointment in his children's reaction to natural beauty: I find myself wondering what has changed between my childhood and now that I enjoy these drives. The contrast is all the more acute since I have children of my own. This past weekend, I hiked with my family up a mountainside to show them a beautiful meadow and a vista I had happened upon. My kids, now 11 and 14, enjoyed the view for all of 10 seconds before becoming … [Read more...]

A gallery of birth altars

Jacquelyn shares, "This is my birth altar for my third baby. At the center is a Frigga doll by the lovely Dancing Goddess Dolls. A picture of me while pregnant with my 2nd, various birth goddess statues, candles (fire), a fan for labor (air), seashells (water), a decorated gourd rattle (earth) and birth jewelry I made for the journey. " photo courtesy of Jacquelyn

I posted a call for birth altar photos on our Facebook page and you guys came through with a whole bunch of beautiful, inspiring, individually intimate birth altar photos. Here are the ones that I've gotten permission to share on the blog. Aren't they lovely? Thanks to everyone who shared!    Also, check out Molly's photo-packed description of building a birth altar and Lily's ideas on how you can build a birth altar. … [Read more...]

Blessing the Wait to Become an Adoptive Parent

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By Cindy McPherson. This post is reprinted with permission from her blog Pearls.Last week was the week before my 44th birthday. I had hoped to become a mom this year. A year ago James and I signed on with the Independent Adoption Center, and it’s nine months since we leaped through the hoops required for us to go into circulation and begin waiting to bring a baby into our family through open adoption. Last week also a baby was born to a Berkeley couple that contacted us in November when they … [Read more...]


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