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5 Awesome Sites on Pagan Parenting
Raising Pagan Children
The topic of how to raise children within Paganism has been on the rise as of late. Paganism and Wicca have seen a influx in followers, many of whom have children or plan on having children.
The earlier Pagan and Wiccan writers didn't seem to bother much with leaving tips and guidelines on how to raise witchlings. Perhaps they were too busy coming up with new traditions to follow? Regardless, there is now a need for information on Pagan parenting.
With the invention of the internet, there has thankfully been an increase in good information on raising witchy kids. However, also due to the internet, there has been a boat-load of bad information out there.
Since becoming a parent, I have been sifting through all this information and have tried to find some of the best blogs and sites out there that are helpful (and provide good information) on Pagan parenting.
Below are a few of the blogs and sites I have found and enjoy. They all provide different information. Some are about raising children in gender-neutral Pagan environments, some are on Pagan homeschooling, and others are just about the lives of Pagan mamas. Hope you enjoy!
The Pagan Cottage
This is one of my current favorite Pagan parenting blogs. Ange writes about her mundane magical happenings on her family's small homestead. She includes recipes, homeopathy, and The Craft.
Honestly, I'm really jealous of her photo taking skills! Seriously, her blog is so lovely.
Parenting by the Light of the Moon - Witch Mom
Witch Mom is one of my favorite Pagan blogs to read. She is a Radical Faerie and a Kitchen Witch, but also someone with a great wealth of knowledge on religions and cultures. She writes about homeschooling/unschooling, Pagan parenting, gender issues, feminism, and so much more. I highly recommend her blog.
Not to toot my own horn... but TOOT TOOT! Primordial Willow is a place in which I blog about Pagan parenting, amongst other topics. I would never say it is one of the best Pagan parenting blogs out there, but it is indeed growing.
In this blog I cover topics ranging from Pagan unschooling, teaching children Witchcraft, natural parenting, natural living, rewilding, herbalism, and activities to do with kids during sabbats.
- Pagan Families — Resources for Pagan Pregnancy and Birth
At Patheos Pagan, Sarah Whedon leads the blog on pooling collective wisdom about Pagan pregnancy and childbirth.
This is a great site found on the Patheos network. Pagan Families is a site I always direct new Pagans to when they're trying to learn ways to incorporate family and The Craft. On this site you will find articles on pregnancy and childbirth - the Pagan way.
This site covers topics such as: conception magic, birth altars, placenta magic, miscarriages, midwives, and so much more. Definitely a great resource for those of you who are just getting started making little witchlings.
While this is a Facebook page, I still consider this an extremely useful blog-like page for Pagans to refer to. This page is generally geared towards Pagans who homeschool, but I would consider a great deal of the information provided to be useful for non-homeschoolers.
Books on Pagan Parenting
Bad Information on Some Blogs?
Some blogs just simply have bad information. I'm not saying that their tradition or practice is bad, not at all. I simply mean the information they say should work doesn't.
Be very selective when searching through the internet on Pagan parenting, or anything parenting or Pagan for that matter. If it doesn't sound right or feel right, don't do it and move on. You will be able to tell the blogs that legitimately write about what worked for them and the ones who are just making things up to get an article pumped out.
Have you thought about raising your children within the Pagan path?
Problems with Some Pagan Sites
A huge problem I have continuously ran into when searching for good Pagan parenting sites is that they stop writing. I have found some blogs that seemed to have a lot of potential, but the blogger was burnt out or just did not have the time to keep up with their blog regularly.
This is really rather sad because we need bloggers to write about their Pagan parenting style. Not all parents, children, or parenting styles are alike. Learning about the different ways to raise up witchlings will help you keep an open mind and to learn new things.
Sadly, when these blogs "die" essentially, the blogger's parenting knowledge on the internet gets lost forever (or until they start writing again).
If you are a Pagan writer who happens to be a parent, I encourage you to write about your experience. You do not have to have an entire blog dedicated to your Pagan parenting; you can simply write an essay or article on the topic. The more information - good information - that gets posted on the internet, the better informed beginner Pagan parents will be.