Spring Grow

by Hannah JohnstonIn the spring when everything is busting out, it seems that my kids have spent the whole winter in horse manure and have chosen now to grow a requisite six inches. Whether sun or snow, the kids will grow.Not only that, but my warm and cuddly lads have turned into miniature teenagers overnight. They are like little narcissi, small bright and full of ‘tude. Growth is one of those elements that we seem to measure from the time our babies are small, we worry about it, co … [Read more...]

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Raising Our Daughters as Leaders

This month's topic in the Public Square is women in leadership.  I could write forever about how important I think women in public Pagan leadership is, but there's only so much I can do to change what's happening right now.  But changing the future - as a parent, that's something that I can have a great effect on.One of my biggest priorities - behind raising healthy, happy adults - is to raise my daughters as leaders.  A lot of progress has been made in modern American culture regarding eq … [Read more...]

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Picture Books for Pagan Families: Spring Equinox

By Meg Yardley The Spring Equinox is a wonderful festival for celebrating the beginnings of spring with your family.  This page suggests some ways for families to celebrate Ostara together.  Hopefully at this time of year you are able to spend more time outside, as there is so much to discover and enjoy outside in the springtime, but on evenings and rainy days it’s great to have some picture books to curl up and read together. In honor of the Equinox, you may want to seek out books related to: … [Read more...]

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Loving the Land

Growing up, I spent a lot of time outside.  Walking creekbeds and climbing trees, I developed an intuitive understanding of the sacredness of nature.  Now that I'm older with my own children, I'm living in a bigger city where I feel less comfortable sending my kids out to explore the neighborhood on their own - at least at this age.  But understanding and feeling the spirits of the land (landvættir as they're called in Heathenry) is an essential part of my spirituality, and one I'd like to int … [Read more...]

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February Link Round-Up: Dragons, Gods, Mothering, and Social Media

We've been busy here at Pagan Families! Having Pagan Tea Time, welcoming Molly Khan and Hannah Johnston, and keeping up with all our parenting and priestessing and other projects.And here are some of our favorite links from beyond Pagan Families:* On creating a myth together with a young child: "We can’t play with the dragon in the same way we used to, since his body is gone, but he is still our ally and we can talk to him whenever we want."* "The Summer of Gods is a short film (20 mi … [Read more...]

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Book Review: Rooted in the Body, Seeking the Soul by Tara “Masery” Miller

The past few weeks I've been reading Rooted in the Body, Seeking the Soul: Magic Practitioners Living with Disabilities, Addiction, and Illness by Tara "Masery" Miller, and containing articles and interviews from a diverse group of Pagans.  It has been an absolutely fascinating journey.  The book accepted contributions from a variety of Pagans (as the title says) living with disabilities, addiction, and illness.  Perhaps of particular interest to those reading Pagan Families, it also has four ch … [Read more...]

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Disability, abortion, and love

By Cory Ellen Gatrall Pagan blogger Tara Miller recently wrote about her thoughts on the difficult question of the intersection of abortion rights and disability rights, asking “as the ability to detect disabilities in fetuses continues to advance, will women be more likely to have an abortion?” Gina Kolata also recently addressed a similar issue in her New York Times piece on the ethical debates over preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD), in which she paraphrased ethicist David Wasserman: … [Read more...]

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Maiden, Mother, Crone-ish?

By ShelleiCould there be a new archetype emerging? The grand-mama, or maybe the crone-ma? Cronemother?In different times, and in different cultures, families live/d in extended family homes and communities, where "it takes a village," or at least a large family to raise a child. In an extended family, a child can receive caregiving, nurturing, guidance, help with schoolwork--in other words "parenting" from many different family members--not just mom or dad. In our nuclear family oriented … [Read more...]

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