We live in changing times, but so far this spiritual renaissance has largely failed to nurture families. It concerns itself only with the needs of grown-ups; it's individualistic and self-orientated. You will find a wealth of personal development opportunities for adults to discover their "inner child", but few where they can be with their outer child, too!
This gentle book has great practical tips on creating rituals and traditions in your family to anchor a shared spirituality with your children. There is plenty here for people of all faiths to latch onto, including pagans and polytheists. Prayers, rituals, mealtimes, family meetings, story time, playtime, animal care and more- all can reflect a deeper understanding of the sacred to share with children.
For example, on the section for storytime, she shares that she has created a specific weekly ritual on Friday evenings called "Hot Chocolate Night". She makes hot chocolate with her kids, then they all gather around with plenty of shawls, blankets, and pillows to get snuggly. She has picked out stories in advance that she wants to read- sacred stories that teach things she values to her kids. They don't have to be from religious texts- heck, The Lorax is a sacred text to me!
She has some other tips on making plain old story time sacred time:
- Light a large candle to mark the beginning and blow it out to mark the end of story time.
- Similarly, you could instead use a chime or musical instrument to do the same.
- Use puppets
- Create a basket of props specific to the story, pulling them out one by one in sequence
- Don't relegate story time to a "lull the child to sleep" time. Make it a ritual each week or around seasonal holidays
If you are looking for some practical tips on ritualizing your family life and creating traditions, this book is quite handy!
Formal Rating:Title: Parenting With Spirit
Author: Jane Bartlett
Publisher: Marlow and Company
Price: $14.95 USD
Topics Covered: Parenting, Religion, Spirituality, Ritual, Prayer
Target Audience: Families seeking to add a spiritual aspect into their daily family lives.
Witch Mom Rating: Two and a Half Hats
Advanced ritualists may find this too basic for their needs.