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Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Teaching Children Reverence

Wednesday, August 18, 2010
Here is a another repost from the archives here at PaganDad. In the same vein of the last week and a half this is about tips to raising a pagan child.

I figured the best place to begin would be to define reverence.

rev·er·ence (rvr-ns) n.
1. A feeling of profound awe and respect and often love; veneration.
2. An act showing respect, especially a bow or curtsy.
3. The state of being revered.
4. Reverence Used as a form of address for certain members of the Christian clergy: Your Reverence.
tr.v. rev·er·enced, rev·er·enc·ing, rev·er·enc·es
To consider or treat with profound awe and respect; venerate.

Then to move on and talk about what children should be reverent about. Children tend to, at least mine do, have an inherent reverence for nature. They stand in silent awe, no small thing, at birds and squirrels playing in the fields or trees. My oldest child when she saw her first herd of deer was awestruck.
So that one is easy, but what else should children be reverent about? They should revere life and love. They should reverentially give to the poor or even those just a little less fortunate.
Again these things should be evident in your children, but maybe not in yourself. I know that I walked away from all of this and into bitterness and had to come back.
It was my children that led the way. Kids aren't really screwed up, it's the parents who are screwed up and then mess up the kids. So take time to honor the small things around you. Smile at little children, they are so full of life and innocence. Take a moment out of your busy day to just breathe and pray. Commune with the Mother and Father of us all.
It is so tough in our culture to remember nature and the Creator. We run and run from one obligation to another, many of us forgetting not only ourselves but our children in the process. I live, while not a minimalist lifestyle, a restricted lifestyle. To me my family is more important than a new car, or a fancy TV. So while I may have less material things, I think my children are better for it.
Maybe you should take an effort to cut back. Just cut one thing out and spend that time with your kids. So many parents I know have three or four or sometimes more activities planned for each of their children. So much that they have no time to breathe.
Embrace a family-centric lifestyle, I can almost guarantee that you will like it better and have more fun and maybe your kids will actually talk to you.

Blessed Be!

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