|RE: Childcare during meetings||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Rob Sandelin (Exchange) (RobsanExchange.MICROSOFT.com)|
|Date: Thu, 11 Apr 1996 17:45:43 -0500|
At Sharingwood the whole group pays for childcare during our monthly general meetings, it is a budget item on our annual budget. We hire two local teenage girls and members (usually parents) sign up to coordinate which means finding the place, providing the snack and arranging the scheduling and transportation for the sitters. It has never been discussed to not fund childcare out of community funds. I doubt it will ever become a point of contention. Caring for the children is the responsibility of the whole group, that's one of the main concepts of community within cohousing as we understand it anyway. Other aspects of this notion, such as setting rules for kids, discipline for breaking community rules or social rules (like stealing or hurting someone else) create endless opportunities for discussion amoung adults and parents. Its also really small change financially, probably something like $1.50 a month per person and the difference in what it would cost would amount to about 50 cents. I could not imagine any one at Sharingwood who would not be willing to chip in $1.50 for childcare. Smaller groups, such as committee meetings tend to not have childcare, folks either have a neighbor watch their kids, bring em with to the meeting, or just let their kids play in the general community housing area counting on the fact that any handy adult will help any kid in distress or with a problem. (This is highly age dependent of course) In the winter or on rainy days kids generally just go over to a friends house to play or come with their parent. In the spring, summer and fall during non-rainy days most the community kids are outside playing until TDTS (too dark to see). Rob Sandelin Sharingwood (Should rename it to Camp Sharingwood)
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