Raising Pagan Children
As Paganism grows stronger, more families are practicing together, and parents are looking for activities that are children safe and friendly. Whereas once many parents did not believe in raising their children in a Pagan manner, allowing them instead to choose for themselves when they are older - many parents now want to give their children an education in what Paganism is all about. This way at least, children will already have some information on which to base their decision. Parents should know there is nothing wrong with exposing their children to their beliefs and not only should they do so, they should be able to feel comfortable doing it.
Through the research I have done with interviewing families on what it is they are looking for, I have found a common feeling of alienation created by authors "telling" instead of "suggesting." One mother told me, "I want ideas, not a rigid, step by step manual. I want to decide how, what and when - I just need a place to start." (Michelle - Silver Lake, WI).
Raising Pagan Children is that starting point. This series does not prescribe a complex formula that must be used, it does allow the reader the freedom to design their own lessons, family celebration and traditions to pass down for generations to come.
This series does not support any one tradition over another. You will not find any history of Pagan paths in this series as each path has its own history, and several dozen books have already been written on those subjects.
Raising Pagan Children allows, and encourages, the reader to take and use whatever they are comfortable with. This is a beginner's guide to give families the starting point they are looking to find without making them feel someone else is making decisions on how to teach their own children for them. This series is designed to help parents teach their children how to live Pagan lives everyday.
Although the branches of Paganism differ in some fundamental ways, there is one important usually common factor: the reverence of nature.
Pagan children are raised to love and care for not only one another, but for nature as well. Nature and people both are treated with respect and dignity. Because of the deep ties to nature, many of the crafts and activities in this series are taken from, or related to nature.
Paganism is a way to return to simpler times. Times when communities were more close knit and caring. Times when nature and people lived together in harmony more than is done today. Times of folk medicine and magic. Times of celebrating the changes of the season and the bounty given from the Earth.
Raising Pagan Children allows, and encourages, the reader to take and use whatever they are comfortable with. This is a beginner's guide to give families the a starting point without making them feel someone else is making decisions on how to teach their own children for them. This series is designed to help parents teach their children how to live Pagan lives everyday.
Each part represents a different topic that is explained and then supported by activities for you and your children to do.
You will want to add to the material in this series with information from your own tradition. Do you work with a certain pantheon? Does your pathway hold certain beliefs? Does your tradition work with specific documents such as the Charge of the Goddess or the Wiccan Rede? If so, you will want to add to the appropriate parts to introduce your children to these aspects.
You will also notice there are not ages given for the different activities, this was done on purpose for two main reasons. For starters, kids learn at different rates. I have a niece that was quite capable of carrying on a conversation when she was a year old, yet my own son was much slower verbally and after 3 years of speech therapy and early childhood education, he was "conversation ready" at the age of 5. Second most of the activities can be adapted for children of all ages - including adults. Simply use your best judgement as to what your child can handle.
I do recommend getting your child a scrapbook. As you progress through the different topics, many of the completed projects can be added to their scrapbook so they can keep them for years to come.
This series is meant to be used by the entire family, share it, read it, study it and most of all - enjoy it! Let this series be a guide to your family's journey through life.