About Lily Shahar & her Blog
Lily is a winner of Top 25 Faith Blogs by Moms
What Inspired Me to Start Blogging
I wanted to document my journey as a new mother, priestess, and grad student. It seemed like an awful lot to juggle at the time, and I was still sorting out how to accomplish it all!
In the course of blogging about my son and his development, my studies, and my religious pursuits, I discovered what direction my life was to take: developing a home school curriculum for pagan families that has a multi-religious, multi-cultural focus, and has an emphasis on social justice and the natural world. I wanted to build a child-driven curriculum that takes its lead from unschooling, with a bit of structure in there to explore other peoples of the world and their beliefs and way of life. Funny how blogging helped me work that out!
How Faith Inspires How I Raise My Children
My son is being raised as a Witch. He is being raised in my family's religion. He is learning to respect all life, communicate it with it, and make changes to this world for the betterment of its inhabitants. I am thrilled that he is so empathetic, is gifted with non-verbal communication, and communes with and loves animals so much. We make it a point to expose him to the elements (earth, air, fire and water for those unfamiliar), all of nature, and different kinds of people and life regularly. I hope as a result that he will be able to be comfortable in a crowd of people, in the forest with other animals, or alone in the desert — contemplating his existence.
In my blog, I have a regular feature called "Lessons for My Son" — I try and boil down some of my bigger "aha!" moments for him to read when he is older. I also document for other parents and pagans how I instruct him on a variety of Witchcraft topics, even at such a young age (he is only 16 months as I write this).
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