Thursday, July 15, 2010

What Does it Mean to Raise Your Children Pagan?

That question will be answered differently by every single pagan parent. For some, it means immersing their children in Wiccan traditions. For others, it means allowing their children to participate in their pagan beliefs, whether it is ritual, holiday-related or even just sharing traditional stories.

I'm still learning what it means for me. I want my children to learn about all world religions. They will not be forced to identify as "Christian" or "Pagan" or any other label. They will follow their own path, using knowledge and understanding they've found along the way. I feel no need for them to hurry up and figure out what they are. As long as spirituality is a part of their life, they can decide what that means to them at different points in their life. Labels don't matter. Being true to oneself does.

Our "traditions" are eclectic and evolving. We celebrate Christmas and the solstices, Easter and Ostara. Samhain (Halloween) includes a remembrance of those we have lost. Mabon (Fall Equinox) is a time for harvesting and preserving for the coming winter. Our kitchen smells of jams, chili sauces, and pickles.

Regardless of faith or spirituality, as long as children are secure in the love of their family and the comfort of their home, they will learn to follow their own path.