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Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Raising Children in Wicca

Wednesday, October 1, 2008
This is a topic that my views have changed on. When I was with my first wife I believed that since she was Christian and I was not that we should take the middle road and not "impose" religion on our child. Now I have been through divorce and am remarried with another child. My new wife is Pagan and so we decided together that at the very least our child together will be raised Wiccan.

I cannot speak for anyone else, but I believe, after much deliberation, that to not give your child a religion, regardless of what that is, does the child a great disservice. And makes them unprepared for a world of different religions vying for their soul.

So what steps should you take if you want to raise your children in Wicca? Well that answer depends on their age. For the older children it can be as easy as just telling them what you know and including them in ritual.

But for the younger children, how do you explain things as complex as ethics or even the different faces of the Goddess and God? I recommend breaking these different topics down into smaller chunks, that their short attention spans can process.

Physical representations can be helpful as well. When I taught my child about the elements, I sat her down with the different colored candles all around us, along with items symbolizing the different elements. I then walked her around the circle, letting her experience, see and learn about the different elements.

This is just one of the many things that you can do to introduce your child(ren) to Wicca. The key to all of this is to be creative. And above all make the lessons fun.

I would love to have some comments on what all of you do to teach your child. Or have you even made the choice to raise your child in faith?

Blessed Be!

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