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Pagan Parenting: Spiritual, Magical & Emotional Development of the Child Paperback – November 8, 2000

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"...Ms. Madden completely avoids sounding like a pagan Dear Abby. Unlike many parenting books available, she does not have some sort of `do this and everything will be perfect' child raising system to sell to the reader. She has experience, and wisdom and she share sit with us while all the while avoiding the trap of being the 'expert.'

"I highly recommend Pagan Parenting in it's revised and expanded edition to any Pagan with, or soon to have, children." -- Facing North --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Kristin says:
Pagan parents are pioneers in many ways. As pagans, we are living a healthy and growing spiritual tradition with great potential for all of us. As parents, we have the opportunity to lead the way in raising happy, healthy, connected children. Much of modern society is sadly lacking in respect, honor, and community, and we can begin to return that to our reality, through how we live our lives and how we raise our children.

Our children truly are our future. Not only do they carry on our genes and family names, but they also will be the ones to develop modern paganism and continue the Ancient Ways in their lives. How they are raised plays an important role in who they become. As parents, we can choose to raise wounded kids who conform to the current mainstream culture or we can do our best to create an environment that supports them in healthy, loving, and spiritual ways. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 312 pages
  • Publisher: Llewellyn Publications (November 8, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1567184928
  • ISBN-13: 978-1567184921
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #879,361 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Kristin is the author of 10 books and has contributed to countless articles and almanacs. She was raised in a fairly traditional shamanic family that loved to explore new ideas and paths. Her writing comes from direct experience and the teachings of family and trusted mentors.

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44 of 44 people found the following review helpful By "starwillow" on November 1, 2000
Format: Paperback
This book contains so much information, suggestions, exercises, and rituals that I can hardly believe it! It is so much more than your usual holiday ritual and decorating book. The sections on the development of energy systems and how that affects our kids was something I have not seen anywhere else. The sections on altars and games for kids were awesome and the parts on community and legality were very informative.
What I really like is that the author doesn't try to tell parents what we should be doing. I don't need anyone else to tell me what my kids need. What I need are recommendations and to hear how other pagan parents are including their kids and facing their challenges. I felt like I was talking to a good friend that wanted to offer possibilities but supported my choices and encouraged me to trust myself and my kids. The back of the book has contacts and websites and recommended reading that really helped me realize that I have opportunities to connect with other pagan parents out there just like me.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By N. Dauphinee on December 10, 2001
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I love this book! I am a first time mom of a 10 week old, and wish I had found this book sooner! There are meditations to connect with your unborn child, to help prepare for birth, as well as beginning journeys for children! The ceremonies are great for kids of all ages. I shared this with a 9 year old pagan friend who couldn't wait to share it with her mom and do the family rituals. There are bedtime prayers, grace, songs for sabbats...WONDERFUL!!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 2, 2001
Format: Paperback
This book is surprisingly good for its small size. The author covers quite a wide range of topics, obviously supporting families in making the right choices for their individual families. I appreciate the emphasis on keeping any exercises you do with children fun and light as well a the suggestion that you follow the the child's feelings and instincts; not forcing a child into anything and allowing them to make their own choices. I also appreciate the fact that this author does not avoid potentially controversial topics. They are tackled head on. She offers first-hand experience from a variety of parents and children.
My favorite aspect of this book is the fact that it is written for all pagans. When reading strictly wiccan books, many of the rituals, spells, etc don't fit my family. This book offers a wider range of suggestions and games.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 28, 2001
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I'm relatively new to all of this and am still figuring out how to explain things to my kids. Not only did this book help me with that, it also helped me understand alot of the things I have been reading and hearing about. Now that I am clearer, my explanations to my kids are clearer. It is a fantastic overview of paganism from a basic level and I REALLY appreciate that.
Also, the exercises and games are great for kids, but I have fun with them too and I find that my abilities are strengthened in the process.
Great book!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By "lunawillow" on November 11, 2001
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This is a wonderfully written and well thought out book for the Pagan Parent. It covers parenting form concepion to older Children.
I was very impressed with the writings about Paganism and younger Children. I wish this was a book I would have had when my kids were small!
I would recomend this book to parents of young Pagan Kids!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Crystal on September 16, 2005
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This book takes a totally different approach compared to other popular wiccan or pagan parent books. It has good, thought provoking things about your child from the moment of conception through thier developmental years. It has good ideas and ways to figure out where your child is spiritually and how to connect with them.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 11, 2001
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I loved this book so much that I just came back to buy one for a friend. I found this book to be incredibly supportive of the diversity among pagans. Nowhere did she say anyone should do or believe anything. In fact, I thought she went out of her way to encourage parents to find their own ways and follow their own hearts, using her suggestions and the experiences she shared (not just hers) as a place to start.
She wrote that she included the sections on abortion because it is a fact of life for many people and healing that pain is often important. I looked and could not find anywhere that said anyone should be pro-choice.
One of my favorite things about this book is the fact that she is so encouraging and supportive. She nevers says you need to believe her or see things her way - she does just the opposite in some places. Other than that, I really loved the questions and healing chapters, which is why I'm buying another as a gift.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Dannielle on January 11, 2007
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I'm really enjoying this book. There aren't a lot of places for people to go for advice on educating children about alternative spiritual practices. My child is autistic and we've spent so much time on basic life skills that we had forgotten about the most important part of his development, his spiritual development. This book is really helpful in that area.
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