“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...]

Children and Public Paganism

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I am very active in my local Pagan community - I'm a member of a few groups, regularly attend a few more, and host the occasional public ritual at my home.  My sort-of dirty secret is that I don't do these things for me, not completely; and I don't do them to completely selflessly build community.  Honestly, I was pretty satisfied with my personal daily practice, and didn't feel a need for much else.  One of the huge reasons I'm so involved with public Paganism is children.It didn't quite oc … [Read more...]

The Pagan Parenting Blogs You Read

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When Mama Stacey shared the link to her blog the other day, I realized there's a world of Pagan parenting blogs out there that I don't know about. So I asked on Facebook what Pagan parenting blogs readers recommend, and here's the list that was shared:In the House of Mama Stacey "This blog is about a real Pagan family in a real NW Pennsylvania town.  We're vegetarians (except Papa J, who still sneaks jerky and bacon when he thinks Mama Stacey isn't looking!), liberal thinkers, earth lo … [Read more...]

Nature Walk in the Changing Season

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Some days, my children are very observant - they notice every little thing around them, often picking out things I never would have seen.  Other days, it seems like they're wearing blinders, unable to notice anything even if it sits right in front of their nose.  It took awhile, but I think I've finally pinned down the cause: what they notice is change.  When something is different, it's often immediately apparent, locked on to and discussed.I like to use the changing seasons - especially sum … [Read more...]

Rain Rain (Don’t!) Go Away

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  One of my children's favorite things to do is play in the rain.  Regardless of the weather, when they hear the telltale drips they're on their feet and out the door within minutes, ready to frolic.  Of course, they inevitably come back about ten minutes later, soaked through and freezing and begging for towels; but there's nowhere in the world they'd rather be in that moment.This week has been incredibly wet for my part of the midwest, and I couldn't be more thankful - it … [Read more...]

Where Babies Come From: A Heathen View

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This month, Pagan Families is talking about where babies come from - what us bloggers believe about souls, birth, and how they all fit together.  For Heathens, it can get a bit complicated.  Some believe in true reincarnation, where souls of those who have passed on are placed in unborn children (often in the same family line) to live again.  Some believe that each new child is a completely new and unique being.  I think my view fits somewhere in the middle.In Heathenry, many believe that a p … [Read more...]

Flash Points: Magical Parenting

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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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