Book Review: Raising Witches By Ashleen O'gaea

Though I am not completely finished, I still wanted to get my opinions on this book out.

This book helps parents teach Wicca and Paganism to children. O'Gaea splits stages of child developement into 5 age groups, and explains what each age group is ready to learn and when they are most receptive to certain ideas. She bases her findings on experience and extensive research on child developement and psychology.

I must point out that I am NOT Wiccan. Even so, I am finding great information here! This book has been extremely informative and gives me an idea of what my son will be ready to process in his ever growing mind and world, and when. This book is helpful in so many other ways than teaching religion and thoughts that are hard for children to grasp. It gives a better understanding on their thought process, and is much easier to understand than a "textbook" form written book on child developement and psychology. There are clear instructions for helping small children understand and work through emotions and thoughts that are difficult for them to understand such as anger and sadness. Though they may not fully understand these emotions yet, they still feel them and need to express them in healthy ways.

""This book also addresses the tender subjects of sexuality and sexual abuse. O'Gaea gives great advice on how to address these things with small children. She explains that children need to know that their bodies are wonderful and sacred, and how to help them avoid feelings of shame or inadequacy. At the same time, it gives tips on how to explain to children who to share their bodies with, when, why, and what's innapropriate. There are great ideas on how to teach children through associations such as growing plants and newborn animals.

There are a few things that I don't like about this book. I find at times that her writing style is hard to follow. There are paragraphs made of entirely one sentence that just goes on and on. As someone with a slight learning disability, it's hard to follow that many thoughts in one sentence. I found myself reading those parts a couple of times before I moved on. Now that could just be me, but I don't normally come across an entire paragraph formed of one single sentence. Lol. One of the other things is the amount of quotation marks in simple statements. I don't see a "reason" for the use of "so many" quotation marks for "random" words in almost every paragraph of the first half of this book. It was almost confusing, as I found myself wondering if this was a form of sarcasm for her. Other than that, I have my own personal opinions on some of the ideas of Wicca being taught, but that has little to do with the book.

Overall, I am very glad I bought this book and feel that it will be usefull for mamy years to come. I would deffinately recomend this book to ANY pagan parent even if you don't plan to raise them as witches! It still helps you to understand your child from infancy to teenager and beyond. It will also help you teach your child to understand your ways while still giving them their own choice of religion by being informative and creative.

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Sep 24, 2012