Summaries of Useful Information from Pagan Parenting Books
*****“Circle Round” by Starhawk, Diane Baker, and Anne Hill
This is the best book I have found on the subject of Pagan Parenting. There is an emphasis on celebrating the festival days. It is a treasure trove of crafts, recipes and activities. Explanations of each holiday are worded in a way that speaks directly to the child. There are many other “read aloud” explanations of Pagan concepts as well; “Who is the Goddess“, “The Circle of Life“, “Magic“, “The Elements“, two modern creation stories, and a story that includes an explanation of how there came to be prejudices against Pagans/Witches. I have referred to this book time and time again. A lot of crafts and activities from this book have become family traditions at my house. (There are just a few things in the book that I disagree with, like I would have chosen different stories for some of the festival days, and also, some of the advice in the teen section seems quite off.) The companion CD “Circle Round and Sing” by Anne Hill, is really good.
****“Wicca Craft for Families” by Margie McArthur
Although I don’t really consider myself Wiccan, I have found this book very useful over the years. The emphasis in this one too, is celebrating the festival days. Anything lacking in “Circle Round” will surely be found in “Wicca Craft” and vise versa. Here you’ll find some really good family rituals in the form of plays. It also has crafts, activities, recipes and songs. Many of these recipes, crafts, and activities are family traditions at my house.
***“The Pagan Family: Handing the Old Ways Down” by Ceisiwr Serith
This has some good information on hearth and household guardians, house blessings, baby dedications, and ideas for learning Paganism. It has wonderful meditations for meeting/visualizing personal images of Goddess and God. This book includes rituals for the feast days, as well as life passages. Resource section in the back of the book is quite good.
**“Celebrating the Great Mother” by Cait Johnson and Maura D. Shaw
This information in this book seemed so basic when I first looked at it, that I didn’t think I’d get anything out of it. But after picking it up again, I realized that there were a some ideas in it that I wouldn’t have thought of. The thing is, I really like crafts, and a lot of the crafts in this book are the same old stuff. It has some good ideas for introducing divination to children. It has a bit on talismans and healing, and some good guided meditations, if you’re into that kind of thing. It also has a good section on dreams and nightmare remedies.
**“Pagan Parenting” by Kristin Madden
This book has an emphasis on the psychic development of children. Something interesting- it has dream exercises for meeting your unborn child. Sections on shielding, health and healing, elements activities, rites of passage, and answering difficult questions. Not much of anything on celebrating the festival days, however, if that’s what you’re looking for.
“Family Wicca” by Ashleen O’Gaea
This book doesn’t have a great deal to offer- it is quite outdated. Among the useful things in it are; ideas for making advent calendars and crafts, Wiccan alphabet games and other word games, some ideas for spells and advice on answering hard questions. There is hardly any ideas here for the festival days. You might find an interesting idea or two in here, but overall, not a really useful book in comparison to what else is out there.
…Just on a side note, for parenting advice in general, I reccomend anything by Dr. William Sears.