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Subject:Kids and meditation
Time:12:57 pm

Question for the parents out there: Has anyone  had any luck teaching children to meditate?  I have a 7-year-old son who is very distractable and lacking in focus, to the point where it is having a negative impact on his schoolwork.  I get distracted when I'm under a lot of stress, and I have used meditation for several years to help keep my own emotional state from getting out of control.  But I'm self-taught and have never tried to teach another adult, much less a child.  Is it possible?  Is it advisable?  Are there any resources that might have valuable information?  Thanks!

 

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Subject:Hi... newbie question
Time:10:30 pm
Hi. I am a pagan mom of a 13 month old little boy and I am working on developing traditions for my family that are kid friendly. Do you have any books or sites that will assist in this adventure. Any words of wisdom from parents of older kids would be welcome too.
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Subject:Pagans hang on to their foster kids
Time:08:07 am
A pagan couple battling to keep hold of their four foster children on Friday won the first round of their High Court fight.
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Subject:teaching magickal techniques to children
Time:10:45 am
Alexandria (age 9) has asked for more information on how to remember one's past lives. She's intrigued by the idea that Daddy remembers so many of his.

Last night, she said the bridge of her nose hurt, like a bruise. "Mommy, can you do anything about it?" So, I told her to close her eyes as I touched her forehead, and imagine a colorful flow going through the area, any color she wanted that was calm and soothing to her. The flow goes over the pain like running water; as it did, the pain was washed away, goes into the ground and away.

After a couple of minutes, I stopped and said, "how does it feel now?" She touched her nose, got the biggest grin on her face and exclaimed, "it doesn't hurt anymore!" She then proceeded to launch herself on me with "Mommy, you're the best! It was magic!" I told her she could try this out herself if she ever had a headache or small pain.

A delighted child then snuggled with her Mommy, holding hands, and went to sleep.
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Subject:Judge: Parents can't teach pagan beliefs
Time:06:12 am
An Indianapolis father is appealing a Marion County judge's unusual order that prohibits him and his ex-wife from exposing their child to "non-mainstream religious beliefs and rituals."

The parents practice Wicca, a contemporary pagan religion that emphasizes a balance in nature and reverence for the earth.
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Subject:Pagan parents web site
Time:11:35 am
Just starting up; the sections are still being built. I E-mailed my Pagan Parents Meetup for the local listings and the webmaster's response was very quick. Hopefully this will be a good resource.

http://www.paganparents.com/
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Subject:raising children pagan
Time:02:58 pm
There was a post on another forum about raising children pagan, and how much we should 1) tell them about what we believe, and 2) what we should have them censor outside the home. This was my response.
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"Yes, our children (22 and 9) know of our beliefs, are being raised in pagan households, and the younger has asked for more information. We don't keep anything from her; if she's old enough to ask, she deserves an answer. We don't censor her speech in school or anywhere else. I did that with the older one, and we had no problems arise. If parents have issue with us being Wiccan, that's their own problem. We have pagan parent friends who she's happy to play with.

I've found that being relaxed on the whole thing brings benefits on how others react. We teach our children not to keep secrets for so many reasons, but what message do we give when our spirituality is told to be kept a secret? It's subliminally saying, "we need to hide because there's something wrong; bad things get hidden." Whether that's correct or not is not relevant; that is the nature of our culture today."

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Now, granted there are plenty of legitimate reasons why one should keep pagan religious preferences private. Not everyone is in a situation where they can be public and feel comfortable. What I was addressing is the automatic assumption there will be trouble and prejudice. It's not real life, and I base that on personal experience. More often then not, non-pagan parents, teachers etc find it mildly interesting and then don't really concern themselves with it anymore.

I guess I go with Sybil Leek's quote, "Control those things you can; those you can't, use according to their nature." Our general societal view is, keeping secrets means something is wrong. Children need to understand, if there is a reason to remain private, WHY that should occur. "We have to keep it a secret" sends a very mixed message, and they deserve to have a more complete understanding of how human beings think in their environment, and how to handle it.
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Subject:Pagan Parents Meetup
Time:03:13 pm
In accordance with the new Meetup ToS which states that additional eligibility requirements may be set by a Meetup Group's Organizer, I am instituting a requirement for our local Pagan Parenting Meetup that all members must be parents, either active or expectant.

For myself, I automatically feel suspicious about anyone who wants to hang with a children's group "just to meet more pagans." This sets off my radar. Similar views have been expressed by other members of our Meetup. So, this is a precautionary move. Let's see how it flies.
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Subject:Magickal aid needed!
Time:04:22 pm
If there was ever a time to work magick, this would be it. Help find this little girl and her injured mother.

Girl's 911 plea for help prompts search
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