Being a witch (some people are more comfortable with the term "pagan"- but that is an umbrella term for lots of different types of religions, and I am trying to be specific here) and a parent has its own set of built-in challenges.
Many people fear what they don't understand, thinking we abuse children or are somehow "bad people" for our religious beliefs. Still others think that if a religion doesn't have one (male) god and a building attached to it, that is not a "real religion", or it is laughable. Still others do not understand what we mean when we speak of "magick" and they envision scenes from Harry Potter (which is a book series I like, by the way- so cute!)
This blog is about respecting religious traditions of all stripes. It is about respecting and fighting for the planet we call home. It is about raising a child with a set of strong personal ethics, rather than a fundamentalist set of morals. It is about the amazing journey of parenthood, through the eyes of a religious minority.
Things that will be discussed here:
- conception, pregnancy, and birth
- baby , toddler, and child milestones
- brain and social development
- how our family deals with the outside world and its culture
- preschool, homeschool, unschool, or co-op group school?
- morality and ethics
- genital integrity of boys and girls
- attachment parenting versus other styles of parenting
- daily struggles of life balance
- fostering compassion and empathy in our children
- developing a curriculum for pagan families
- environmentalism and social justice
- things that I discover that I recommend and want to share as a pagan and a parent
And probably oodles more that will come up along the journey that I cannot think of right now. I hope that you join me (and join in on the conversation, too!)