Rituals for a 5-Year-Old

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(This was originally posted on Niki's personal site, My Own Ashram.)Last week my son had his 5 Year Old Rituals. What does that mean? Let's start at the beginning.My son was born prematurely and spent the first month of his life in the NICU (neonatal intensive care unit). It was easily the worst month of my life. Son, B, was born healthy and strong, though very, very small. He has grown to inherit both his mother's and his father's emotional intensity, so while he's a bright, healthy, … [Read more...]

Passing Down the Trad

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(This post was originally published at Niki's personal blog, My Own Ashram.)There are a series of blog posts occurring at Patheos on passing along one's faith to kids or a younger generation. I've really enjoyed reading the different perspectives. As I've got two kids of my own, ages 5 and 2.5, here are my two cents.My husband, Adam, and I are raising our kids in a Pagan household. I don't say that we are raising the kids as Pagans, or to be Pagans, but Adam and I run our house in a … [Read more...]

Can children appreciate nature?

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Last week John Halstead wrote about his family vacation and his disappointment in his children's reaction to natural beauty: I find myself wondering what has changed between my childhood and now that I enjoy these drives. The contrast is all the more acute since I have children of my own. This past weekend, I hiked with my family up a mountainside to show them a beautiful meadow and a vista I had happened upon. My kids, now 11 and 14, enjoyed the view for all of 10 seconds before becoming … [Read more...]

Thealogy in Practice: A Lesson from the Maiden

"In contemporary Paganism, we do not see belief detached from practice as worthwhile by itself." --Christine Hoff KraemerThis weekend I finished reading Seeking the Mystery by Patheo's own Christine Hoff Kraemer. It is on sale at Amazon for $0.99 through the end of the business day on Tuesday (Kindle edition), then available at $2.99 (half price) for the next week. There is also a paperback version available and the book includes activities and discussion questions for individuals and … [Read more...]

Small Adventures

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Goddess of green spaces and deep places cleanse my soul.Anoint my spirit with peace and remind me to let go.Remind me of the power of appreciating that which I have.May I inhale and exhale with release and freedom.The spirit of adventure runs through my veins with the rich color of crushed raspberryMay it always run so free may it be blessed and may I be reminded of the courage and love shown in small, wild adventures. Wild black raspberries are ripe at my … [Read more...]

My summer weekend with young kids

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Jason Mankey has a post up about My Summer Weekend, listing reading, viewing, eating, and other doing he's looking forward to over Memorial Day weekend. He hopes that lots of folks sharing their summer weekend plans will give us all inspiration for what to read and eat and so on. I love his list and it's totally different from my own, so I thought I'd jump in and share My Summer Weekend plans. Will you too?DoingI'm getting ready for a big cross-country family move, so a lot of my weekend … [Read more...]

Wednesday Wisdom: Loving

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A weekly Wednesday Wisdom post with two or three profound or beautiful thoughts on a theme related to Paganism and childbearing. An invitation to meditate or just to pause a moment and consider. Heart, love, growth, and imperfection... "Though the human body is born complete in one moment, the birth of the human heart is an ongoing process. It is being birthed in every experience of your life." - John O'Donahue "Perhaps we parents would judge ourselves less harshly if we acknowledged that we … [Read more...]

March link round-up

Family, parenting, miscarriage, practice, breastfeeding, Goddess, and more... time for another monthly link round-up!Owl at The Pagan Household wrote about the meaning of family, which was timely for us because I announced that Pagan Families was dropping the pregnancy and birth tag line in order to get conscious about a comprehensive approach to family life (still with a core of attention to childbearing which remains underrepresented among Pagan resources).Check out this post on in … [Read more...]


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