I grew up in household that believed anything 'magical' was bad. No fairies except Timkerbell, no gnomes, no tree nymphs, no Carebears (although i have one). Witches were feared or not real, so Harry Potter had the potential to dement the mind...
.None of that stuck with me.
I totally believe that all the myths are true. All gods/goddesses are valid. Fairies inhabit my backyard, nymphs protect my trees. There is power in the moonlight. And I completely believe in magick. Not Harry Potter magic, but magick. The ability to make things happen out of pure will. This can be focused in a pagan ritual or encouraged with prayer, or through meditation. However you define it, whatever you call the power behind it, magick is real.
I don't want to get into doctrine or specific practices. I just want to say, I agree with Ronald McDonald and the Fraggles: I believe in magick and that the magick is in and around all of us.
This is something I want to instill in my daughter because with this belief comes the basis for respect of all living things. We are all connected, made of the some light and matter as the stars, and should be treated with equal respect.
In most family traditions these kinds of beliefs are passed on thru stories. I'm looking for the right one(s) to convey the magic. She currently believes monsters are good babysitters (thanks, monsters inc) and that fairies ride on bees (thumbalina). I'm looking for more ideas. Like I said, I didn't grow up hearing stories full of magical happenings.
What kind of stories do you tell your children? What beliefs are they gleaning from them?