I choose to let our sons attain their adulthood hearing about and/or seeing the craft worked from a distance, however, I refuse to allow them practice it (in earnest) until they reach/reached an age of majority. Our eldest son reached his majority in 2013, the other two will in barely over a week. I explained that I did not want them reaching adulthood and regretting having taken part in spiritual ceremonies to please a parent or parents, then regretting it later, as I regretted being baptized to make my father happy when I was young, then realized a few years later that the Christian faith was absolutely not for me.
Instead, I have asked our boys to study and find the right path for themselves, with the promise that even if one wishes to become a Rabbi, another wishes to become a Priest, and the third wishes to become a Southern Church of Christ preacher, they will all still have my undying and unconditional love. As I have said many times before, a spiritual path is a sacred thing that each soul should discover on their own through seeking, studying, and introspection.
This said, I also know many friends and family who believe in taking a more Abrahamic approach. After all the Abrahamic faiths admonish their followers to raise up their children in the way they would have them go, (which I believe I have done as I want them to think for themselves) but the churches, synagogues, and temples mean that the parents should raise the children to follow the faith of the fathers. As such, every year, the number of witches raising their children into the practice of the craft expands exponentially.
Even so, all too often spells are written for those witches who are more advanced, older, and/or more knowledgeable, yet the smallest children have the same needs as their older counterparts in the craft. If they are going to be raised in the craft anyway, we should at least begin by teaching them some of the basics and what better way to do so than with miniaturized spells to match their miniaturized bodies and craft levels?
As I said before, our sons were never taught to practice any spells, however, there was one I performed for them nightly, a simple sleep blessing, that they each started repeating back for me by the time they were in Kindergarten. It is a simple spell to keep away nightmares, which is as good a place to start as any, since children are prone to so many confusing and frightening things in their dreams in their youngest years.
This simple spell may begin with explaining how visualization works at the level of the child. Have the child visualize sleeping peacefully throughout the night, waking up happy and well rested the next morning. Once they have that thought in place, using the index finger of your sending hand, you will draw a banishing pentagram on their forehead over their third eye chakra. Once you complete the pentagram and reach the starting point again, without lifting your finger, you will also completely encircle the pentagram so that your finger is making one fluid movement to draw he symbol. As you draw the banishing symbol, you recite:
Maiden, Mother and the Crone
Make bad dreams leave (Child’s name) alone.
Then, to “seal the spell” you kiss the symbol, which you have just drawn and tell the child that they are safe from nightmares. As they become more familiar with the process, you can have them do it themselves just after you do it for them. Make certain that they do not do a mirror function and end up invoking instead of banishing, also, remind them that the second line they will say is going to be a bit different:
Make bad dreams leave me alone.
Even children as young as the mid-single digits can learn this very simple spell, and in addition, the very act of “chasing the bad dreams away” for themselves, will help the child learn about empowerment from a very young age. This will come in handy as their magick advances and will also teach them that they have power over their own lives. If they want to “bless your dreams with peace” allow them to do so. It will help strengthen their confidence and increase their working craft experience.