To The Gates of Dreaming: Using Guided Meditation to Help Young Children Sleep

By C. B. CabeenI've spent countless hours helping my daughters fall asleep, nursing and bouncing, massaging and singing and praying, lying absolutely quiet or else reciting Mother Goose.  By the time my eldest was preschool age, I turned to magic.  I began using guided meditations with my daughter around the time she was two and a half.  She already enjoyed storytelling immensely, so I figured she could visualize well enough to benefit from a simple trance induction aimed at sleep.  This one … [Read more...]

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Book Notes: Mothering From Your Center

I checked out Mothering From Your Center  from my local library and read it over the course of the spring. Tami Lynn Kent doesn't write specifically for Pagans, but there's so much in this book that would appeal to Pagan parents.It's a book focused on energy tools for pregnancy and birth as well as connecting birth energy with parenting. "Just like the intense opening that happens in birth, there are times in mothering when your capacity will be stretched to its edges." -Tami Lynn Ken … [Read more...]

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The Birth Candle

By Moriah BurkeAs a pagan, I’ve heard many people say, “I’ll light a candle!” and I’ve also lit quite a few candles in my practice. Lighting a candle is in some cases the Christian equivalent of saying a prayer. I personally believe in having a candle lit for mothers in labor as their labor progresses. For me, this has usually entailed me not being physically present for the labor but starting a “labor vigil” once word has gotten out that the time is near. In a recent case, I did use a cand … [Read more...]

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How to choose a doula

A friend recently asked for advice on choosing a doula to share with her pregnant coven-mate. Since finding a great birth doula can make a huge difference in a birthing experience, I thought I'd share here what I wrote to her.A doula should offer a free initial consultation and I'd suggest interviewing at least a couple of doulas that way. The most important thing is a matter of personal fit: does the doula feel like someone you can be vulnerable around?Otherwise there are all kinda of … [Read more...]

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Flash Points: Magical Parenting

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...]

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June Link Round-Up: Our words, our pictures, our bodies

Here's a look back at June from the Pagan Families perspective:Pagan Families contributor Hannah E. Johnston released Children of the Green: Raising our Kids in Pagan Traditions. Get your copy from the Pagan Families bookstore. In celebration, our Flash Points theme last month was Beyond Mommy Blogging, which got some great posts about writing while parenting little ones.In honor of Facebook's new breastfeeding photo policy, we shared lots of breastfeeding photos on our Facebook page. … [Read more...]

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Picture Books for Pagan Families: Summer Solstice

By Meg YardleyThe Summer Solstice celebrates the longest day (and shortest night) of the year, the height of the sun’s power, the abundant energy and magic all around us, and our own sense of achievement and empowerment.  You and your family might want to watch the sun set for the shortest night; host a costume party that celebrates magical transformation; make sun symbol art; drink sun tea; or write down something you want to transform and burn it in a small fire.  This year I especially wan … [Read more...]

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5 baby gear essentials

I asked on Facebook and Twitter about essential baby gear: There's so much Stuff you can buy when preparing to welcome a baby, but most of us don't really need most of it. What one or two baby items would you recommend a new parent definitely get?The answers revealed that gear for babywearing, diapering, and feeding were most important to you, followed by bundling up baby and a place for baby to rest:Babywearing. By far the most popular advice is to get a good carrier, Ergo, … [Read more...]

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