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Raising Witches by Ashleen O'Gaea
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Nov 07, 2008

really liked it
bookshelves: magic-and-religion, non-fiction, parenting
Read in November, 2008

This little book is full of great ideas to use if you are trying to raise a Pagan (or even just an Earth-Centered) child. Certainly it would be each parent's responsibility to pick and choose what makes the most sense for their own child/ren and family, but that's always the way with parenting books.

The best aspect of this book is O'Gaea's concept of "Regency Parenting". That we are acting as our children's regents until the time that the are fully capable of taking care of themselves. This does not mean that we should be the despotic and controlling Regent Uncle of fairy tales (the one that keeps the Prince/ss locked up and rules absolutely) but that we should help our children take on their lives and responsibilities in a loving and supportive way.

And my favorite thought of all (paraphrased)": When an adolescent or young adult pushes the boundaries of appropriate or acceptable behavior, we should look at them and admire their courage. They are testing parental limits to see how truly unconditional that love is - they are taking the risk that the people they NEED to love them might not after this action they have chosen. This is tremendously brave and should be celebrated.

What a refreshing thought for adolescents!
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Chloe This sounds like a refreshing change to the standard parenting book fare. Arthur is phenomenally lucky to have you and Sam as Regents.

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