I work in a quasi-military environment, with teens from the ages of 16-18. The difference in the provisions provided for the Christian students and the non-Christian students is one of guidance. The Christian students can, of course, go to the local churches. The students practicing Native American or pagan religions are kind of left to ‘minister’ to themselves. They don’t have the guidance and support of an adult in their religious services, which can lead to them feeling a little lost. My role may be legally restricted when it comes to religion, but I’ve still learned quite a lot over the years about talking to and teaching teenage Heathens.
It can be hard to focus on putting our Heathenry into practice when we’re exhausted from chasing around a Toddler Tornado all day. Not everyone realizes how difficult it can be for parents to find time for even the most basic observances, much less managing to go out and find a group to blót with. Well, from one parent to another, here are a few tips that get me through my day!