Centering Black voices for racial justice #BlackLivesMatter

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Pagan Families has been too slow to write about the current movement for racial justice and to affirm that #BlackLivesMatter. In "A Commitment to Realignment and Resignation" Crystal Blanton explains why Pagan organizations must be clear in their opposition to racial injustice.So I wrote something frankly pretty indulgent about my personal grappling with white privilege as a parent. It was useful to me to write it, but I've decided not to publish it. I realized that what I'm hearing over and … [Read more...]

Review: Parenting with a Story

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Paul Smith, Parenting with a Story: Real Life Lessons in Character for Parents and Children to Share (AMACOM, 2014). 272 pages.Once upon a time my mother stepped out of a friend's car and down an open sewer grate. Fortunately she grabbed onto the sides of the hole as she fell, and her friends helped her climb back out. My mom told me the story a decade and a half later, when I was a little girl, and the idea that I might fall into a sewer followed me for a decade after that. Stories are an … [Read more...]

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...]

Parenting and Pagan Consent Culture

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I’m in the process of transcribing and editing a conversation I had with priestess, writer, counselor, mama, activist, and also my very good friend Sierra Black about Paganism, consent culture, and raising children.Here’s a little nugget of wisdom from Sierra, that’s in my transcript: “Having other parents in my community who are really committed to consent and really teaching that value to their children is really powerful for me in helping me continue to do that. Being in community helps m … [Read more...]

Follow-up on reader survey

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Thanks to the 25 people who responded to my reader survey! That's nowhere near everybody who engages with the Pagan Families blog and its associated social media, but it's enough responses to point toward some insights.A bunch of people asked for Pagan Families on Pinterest. Guess what? We're there, but I never update it. Also Google+. Same situation. So, are you a Pinterest whiz who loves Pagan Families? Want to volunteer to maintain our Pinterest page? Email me at p … [Read more...]

The Secret of Saying Thanks

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This past weekend, I was lucky enough to have a little classroom at the local Unitarian Universalist church, filled with little ones learning a lesson on thankfulness.  The kids are always fun, and I've discovered many gems since exploring the UU curriculum.  This week, I found The Secret of Saying Thanks by Douglas Wood.It's an absolutely gorgeous book, with soft and beautiful illustrations, but what really struck me was the message, and how well it fit into a Pagan or Heathen worldview.  U … [Read more...]

“My Family is Different” by Jessica Marie Baumgartner

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I'm always on the lookout for Pagan picture books for my children to enjoy, so when I was given the chance to review My Family is Different by Jessica Marie Baumgartner, I jumped on the chance.  While most books of this genre for younger children will focus on teaching them about Pagan traditions, myths, and faith, Jessica goes in a whole new direction that I really love.The book begins with a little girl, reflecting on how different her family is.  Her mother tells her that everyone's fa … [Read more...]

A Pagan Thanksgiving

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For my family, the autumnal equinox has always been our 'Pagan Thanksgiving'.  A few months later, we have actual Thanksgiving with both my husband's and my extended family, but this is a more intimate, immediate-family oriented gathering.  Just as the big get-togethers have their traditions and expectations, our little family has its own customs.On the equinox, everyone helps to make the feast, often with veggies harvested from the garden.  Little ones are given simple tasks like mashing th … [Read more...]


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