Plant a Tree

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I live in Nebraska, the home of Arbor Day, and so we hear about it a lot!  Ours is coming up this Friday, but the date varies by state - you can find out yours here.  Growing up, my grandmother and I would plant a tree on her land every year around this time.  There's something amazing about watching a tree grow taller and taller each year; after planting it, watering it, and caring for it carefully.  These days I don't have the land to plant one tree a year, but I still feel it's important to no … [Read more...]

March Link Round-Up: placenta-eating, water birth, spring equinox and more

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Welcome to the March link round-up, in which I compile some of the best links we've shared on Facebook (where Amy Louise Turnbull became our 5,000th liker!) and Twitter in the past month. Please leave a comment if we're missing something juicy here!We've been praying along with Faith Aloud's 40 Days of Prayer to Keep Abortion Safe and Legal.Pagan communities reeled at the news about Kenny Klein: "Kenny Klein, well known pagan musician and an amateur photographer, has been arrested in … [Read more...]

Ask Us: What symbol can I use to protect my home?

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Have you noticed we have an "Ask Us" button near the top of our main page? Got a question about Paganism and pregnancy or family life that you don’t see answered here yet?  We’d like to try to answer your question.  No question is too big or too small. If we don’t know the answer, we’ll look for someone who does (we know lots of parents, priest/esses, and birth professionals).  Your question and our answer may appear as a blog post so others can benefit from you asking.Well, we got a question … [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...]

Pagan Families Flash Points: What makes a family?

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The Pagan Families contributors have often talked about wanting a way to explore together our diverse approaches to important Pagan Families topics. 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.So today we're excited to begin hosting … [Read more...]

Spring Growth Project

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As the days start getting longer and green things start to come up outside, my children are keenly watching every little change that happens.  As a fun project to teach kids about how plants grow, I like to have mine help me out with some garden planting.  Watching the little tomato and pepper seeds sprout from seed trays sitting in the windows, they learn so much about the magic of nature.Even if you don't have a garden to plant in, or very little children who might not be up to waiting for … [Read more...]

Breastfeeding as a (s)hero’s journey?

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Every single human being was drummed into this world by a woman, having listened to the heart rhythms of their mother.  ––Connie SauerRecently I re-posted an article I wrote about breastfeeding and parenting as spiritual practices. I received a comment on the re-post that really gave me pause and some food for thought: I've really liked your writing about preparing for birth as a warrior's rite. I only wish I'd had materials that prepared me for breastfeeding similarly...I'd like to hav … [Read more...]

Spring Grow

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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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