Tag: parenting

  • Lorna’s Top 3 Parenting Tips

    My babies are all grown up now, but looking back, there were 3 parenting tips that kept both them–and me–feeling far more secure and safe. 1. Both hands on the car Shannon was almost three when Aislinn was born, and it was tough to take both to the grocery store, daycare, Grandma’s….anywhere.  I could have…

  • What They Don’t Tell You about the Empty Nest Syndrome

    Photo copyright by Lorna Tedder What they don’t tell you about the Empty Nest Syndrome is that there are generally two ways it plays out. Most often, I see the kids trying to leave home and start new lives for themselves while their parents become very controlling.  By the time the kids leave, the kids…

  • Quick! Get your "Evil" Books Here!

    These were letters to complain about customer service, for example.  I’d come home incensed and spend the rest of the day upset, and much of it exorcising this demon by writing it out in the form of a hate letter.  Though I still write for catharsis and self-inquiry in personal and spiritual matters, in these…

  • Solstice Reflections: Growing Up and Just Growing

    ***Summer Solstice 1992:  Me kneeling with Shannon and   pregnant with Aislinn.   Yes, I had my ears triple-pierced and my hair was in an asymmetrical cut under that sequinned headband, but at least not carrying a briefcase and wearing a suit, matching pumps, and matching stockings for a whole day!*** “And as I hung up the…

  • Parenting as a Portal, Or, Why I Never Give Parenting Advice

    I’ve never been one to give parenting advice, for two reasons:  1.  I’ve always hated people giving ME advice when they have no idea about my personal situation, or even if they do; and 2.  My parenting philosophy is a bit different from most of the people I know, largely because of my spirituality. I’ve…

  • The REAL Pagan Pride: Our Children

      Maidens and Mother photo, copyright Thanksgiving 2007, Destin, FLorida. That’s right:  the real pagan pride is our children, whether they’re the children of our bodies or of our hearts.  They are the next generation, the young ones who’ll take up our spiritual torches when we are enjoying our crone-age.  This next generation that we…

  • Talking to Animals

        Photo by Noel Zia Lee Sometimes we choose special animals–including birds and insects–and sometimes they choose us. “But Mommy,” my older daughter protested, “animals can’t talk!” Okay, so my response to her question about animal totems had failed and failed miserably. As I explained how animals have different spiritual meanings and how what…

  • Altars for Children

    Photo of LittleSprite’s Pink Altar  Written by Kristin Madden, author of Pagan Parenting and Pagan Homeschooling We all have our altars, whether they are formal tabletop altars, talismans hung on a doorknob, Medicine pouches, or a subtle arrangement of crystals and feathers on a shelf somewhere.  Altars serve as focal points for magic and as…