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Feb. 3rd, 2009 | 10:16 am
posted by: majka_vuk in heathen_parents

 I'm new, and though I should introduce myself. I'm a heathen form southern Texas.  My husband is also of the same faith as I. We have a 16 month old daughter, whom will be raised in the old ways.  I found this group doing a search, and was so happy to finde a parenting group that deals with asatru.
 Thank you for your time, -Majka Vuk

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Baby Thor

Nov. 18th, 2008 | 09:01 pm
posted by: thescreg in heathen_parents

My first son is due to be born in a couple of weeks. We are naming him Thor. A few months ago, I found a site that sold plush Mjolnirs. I have been searching for hours and cant find it for the life of me. I wasnt sure if I found the site through a link in this comm. If any one knows the site, I would greatly appreciate the link. Thank you.

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children's books

Nov. 10th, 2008 | 01:47 pm
posted by: berchtasbelly in heathen_parents

Greetings all--

Hope your Winter Nights celebration was special. VT got snow just a week after so all is timely here.

I just made a similar post in my own blog on these books, but thought some of you may enjoy this too:

I adore Jan Brett's books. Though her content isn't specifically Heathen, I love her folksy Sami-Scandinavian-Russian illustrations which include many pre-Christian traditional Nordic elements. I recently began to collect her works and now own:


So enchanting. Too bad they are about Christmas and not Yule--nevertheless, they have all the good traditional Heathen stuff worked in.

O o o, I just really want some Yuletide books from this site. Worth checking out.

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interesting Heathen-inspired artist.

May. 3rd, 2008 | 04:31 pm
posted by: berchtasbelly in heathen_parents

Thank you all for the warm reception on my last post.

Since my pregnancy, I have felt a deeper kinship with Frau Berchta (hence, this journal's name) and have recently found a woman who has done a very interesting set of photos about her and thought some of you may appreciate them:

Christiane Pedros's "The Domina Berchta" series:

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Apr. 29th, 2008 | 11:23 am
posted by: berchtasbelly in heathen_parents

Hi, I'm new here, and thought I'd share a great find!

Quite serendipitously, I found a copy of D'Aulaire's Norse Gods and Giants for $1.50 while at the children's recycle clothing shop here in VT!! This same edition is going for $64.00 on AntiQbook. Sheesh, I feel like I have the bargain brain on lately!

The book is simply charming and, after a very cursory bit of research, I found out that D'Aulaires lived part-time in VT and have illustrated countless children's books on Norse themes. I want to start a collection of their works! Has anyone else read any of their books?

Fascinating backgroundsCollapse )

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Oct. 17th, 2007 | 09:40 am
mood: pensivepensive
posted by: autumnleaf77 in heathen_parents

 so we're at story time last week on a day when it's raining like crazy.  the librarian says we don't need to sing the rain song since it's already raining and my son says "yeah, Thor's here".  now, the librarian who does story time is about 70 and a little hard of hearing so she just smiles and nods and says "ok".  now my need for advice is, what happens if something like this comes up at school?  he's not in school yet, it's off to kindergarten next year.  but after last week, i've been pondering this off and on.  we're in a fairly christian area so i have no idea how teachers or fellow students will react to something like that.  not that it's a big deal in a way, but i'd still like to be prepared.  he really likes to show off things he knows so a comment like that wouldn't be a surprise to me.  and i don't want him to feel bad if/when people are confused or say something contradictory.  is this something to have a talk about before it happens or only if it happens?  any thoughts?

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Opinions Wanted!

Jul. 31st, 2007 | 04:56 pm
posted by: texasgirl09 in heathen_parents

I am sure most parents might know about it already, but if you don't - It is D'aulaires' Book of Norse Myths.  The illustrations aren't exactly accurate, but so far (I am only a little ways through the book) the myths are right on for children.  It actually includes lesser known Gods and Goddesses and Loki isn't represented at "bad".  If anyone else gets a chance to check it out, please do, I would love to find out how accurate it is.  Also, help pronouncing words would be great too.

Has anyone else heard of this book? I welcome any thoughts and opinions!

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Its A BOY!!!!!!!!!

Mar. 14th, 2007 | 10:03 am
posted by: vtwiking in heathen_parents

By the allfather I claim this boy as Weyland Ash Larson son of Edward and Joann Grandson of Edward Joel Laura and Juanita. May the gods protect him!

Born on monday at 17:09 7lb 2oz 20.5 inches.

I would like to publicly state that my wife is officially the strongest womean i have ever met. She went through 36.5 hours of labor comando style and still kept a sense of humor.

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advice for a soon to be father

Feb. 19th, 2007 | 01:09 pm
location: the inside of my file cabinet hiding from reality
mood: crazycrazy
posted by: vtwiking in heathen_parents

Help!!!!! I'm having a freak out moment. Its three weeks and counting until my wife is due and reality just hit me like a hammer to the groin. I don't know the first thing about raising kids. My father died very early and my mother well she didn't deal well with it. I would appreciate any general advice you all can give. Especially on the topic of religion and instilling the core virtues in the child without force feeding them. Thanks

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A new topic

Dec. 20th, 2006 | 05:59 pm
mood: curiouscurious
posted by: friggasgirl in heathen_parents

Now, I've been a non-Christian for some 19 years. My family knows I am a Pagan/Heathen. While they aren't pleased, they have come to accept it. My children are the first generation in my family to be openly raised in this manner. I say "openly" because who knows how many may have been closeted over the years.

greenmanrn's parents, on the other hand, have not been told their grandchildren are not Christian. My mother-in-law probably knows (she is as close to being Pagan as a Christian can be...) but its a matter of "don't ask, don't tell."

At some point, children will "out" us no matter what. immortallunaris made a nice paux pas a few months ago. When inquiring how we met our Ohio friends, she said, "Oh, they're Pagan like us." I'm pretty sure my mother-in-law just ignored the statement and moved on. My father-in-law was driving and not paying attention to the conversation. Phewwww.

OK, so here is my conversation topic: At what point do we decide to tell our parents of our and our children's religion? I mean, isn't it bound to come up at some point? How do we justify telling our children to "lie" to grandparents if they don't know? How would you handle being "outed" by accident by your child?

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Dec. 10th, 2006 | 05:35 pm
posted by: texasgirl09 in heathen_parents

Welocme All and a big Thank you to eretik for starting this!!!

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