Pagan parenting is often misunderstood. Pagans celebrate the natural rhythms of life and the influence of the feminine which is seen as the counterpart to God—the Goddess. It's the western equivalent of the yin and yang—the understanding that male and female, sweet and sour, light and dark are two sides of the same coin.
Pagan parenting attunes with parent with child and engages the child's physical, emotional and spiritual development. This is similar to how Native Americans raise their children. As the author of a book that combines ancient native concepts with cutting edge psychology, Keepers of the Children: Native American Wisdom and Parenting I believe that parents of all creeds will benefit from the concepts in this book. This is because the native culture is based on stewardship and how to live harmoniously with the Earth. When we learn to respect the Earth's natural rhythms, we can better respect and attune ourselves to those around us. In this way, we live in concert with (rather than in competition with) all those beings who bring love, light and laughter to our lives. After all, when all is said and done and basic survival needs have been met, relationship is the one thing we cannot live without.
Pagan parenting is an exploration of the magic of the physical world and how it can be used to heal body, mind and spirit. Although some people may find magic suspect, what they need to recognize is that understanding Nature and how it works is magic. The secrets of life are found in every leaf and rock. Pharmaceutical companies synthesize miracle drugs from the natural world, but alter them because they cannot patent what exists in Nature. As such, they cannot replicate the synergy of all a substances components.
Since pagan parenting recognizes the magic inherent in Nature, it follows that such parents would recognize the magical nature of the child. Here, the word "magical" means wondrous.
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Create a relationship with your child that is based on love and mutual respect—a lifelong relationship that is fulfilling to both child and parent. A relationship that is based on your wonder of the unfolding of your child's unique heart, mind and nature. Learn what Native Americans have to teach you about raising children. Learn how to look deep into your child's heart. Since these teachings are spiritual, rather than secular, they will not conflict with your religious beliefs. To learn more, watch the video below and then click on Keepers of the Children: Native American Wisdom and Parenting>.