Circle Round: Raising Children in Goddess Traditions Paperback – Feb 1 2000
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The 20th-century reclamation of Goddess traditions has evolved from a small counterculture revolution of the mid-1900s to the birthright of an entire generation of children and young teenagers. However, the parents--who were adults when they first turned to paganism--are discovering that raising children in a pagan tradition can prove difficult amidst the near void of resources to assist them in teaching this way of life. Relying on age-old learning methods, such as songs and storytelling, Circle Round fills this void with techniques that are truly rooted in traditions. This priceless resource offers guidelines for helping children discover the different facets of the Goddess tradition--from altars to sabbats--and suggests recipes, creative projects, and other activities resuscitating the values of family in our latchkey society. --Brian Patterson --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
"A bountiful harvest...Families will find in this book...an enduring friend and reliable adviser."
"Wonderful...With the term 'family values' so carelessly tossed about these days, it's nice to read a book which so thoroughly demonstrates them."
--The Roanoke Times
"Clever, inspiring, and jam-packed with ideas."
--Sonoma County Independent
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Personally, I didn't find the book to be sexist, political or the other usual things that are often attributed to books by Starhawk and other Reclaiming authors. Being the mother of two sons (and no daughters), using this book with our entire family (three males, one female), I have never run across anything in this book that felt condescending or negative toward the male gender. However, I am female and I do follow the Reclaiming tradition...so there's my own bias.
Anyone with concerns could visit the Reclaming.org website or the Circleround.com website for more information before making the purchase.
The activities are not limited to a certain age group, but from toddlers to adolescents. What a great way to introduce Goddesses to little ones! My only criticism is that Gods are largely absent. That's where a parent would have to add their own creativity to fill in that half of the story. In spite of that lack, I still recommend this book for any parent looking to begin or supplement their child's spiritual education.
There's no bibliography, but an extensive index, and chapter notes. The resource section is pretty thin, but that could be more due to the lack of this sort of information for parents than lack of effort on the part of the authors.
1)Starhawk does not have any children, she lives in a "communal" home with other peoples children and other adults so she is giving advice from an alien perspective as far "real" family life is concerned.
2)They (the several different women who wrote the book credited to Starhwak for her name)seemed to try and include so many different cultural viewpoints that the reader isn't sure what tradition they are talking about at any given time.
3)The craft projects are quite lacking in information as well as imagination.
4)There are not enough "family" recipes for celebrations, as most families celebrations are centered around a feast of some sort there should have been at least one chapter on holiday dinners for the family.
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I gave this to my sister who is hoping to open up my nieces little work. Neither are pagan.
but we felt a bit of goddess worship would be good to pair up with Their Christian... Read more
This book is very comprehensive and detailed. It's filled with songs, stories and crafts to help you explain your spirituality to your children!Published on April 7 2011 by Ravynne
This book has stories, songs, recipies, and crafts for the Pagan family. It is fun and I have been able to incorporate many of its ideas in a ritual context.Published on March 2 2004 by Jay
A must have if your interested in sharing Pagan beliefs with children. Loaded with stories, crafts and fun. teaching children how to respect the earth and life around them. Read morePublished on Jan. 9 2004 by Jeanette Degiulio
What a wonderful way to introduce kids to the Goddess! Full of ideas to help us turn the wheel of the year as a family. Read morePublished on Oct. 29 2003
This book puts everything into an easy understanding for children. I absolutely love it, and so does my daughter and niece! Read morePublished on Sept. 3 2003
If you're womyn-only Wiccan, this book may work just fine for you. For families with broader views, it's extremely insulting. Read morePublished on Aug. 27 2003 by Wayne Saewyc
This book is packed with info on raising your child up pagan. I definitely needed something to start with, and this is it! Read morePublished on April 14 2003 by Amy L. Vereggen
Reclaiming has done it again. Amazing. I have read one other parenting book for pagan, called Pagan Parenting, of which I was quite disappointed. Read morePublished on Dec 13 2002 by Amy L. Vereggen
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