|Child Labor||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Ann Barbarow (abarbarowheel.dcn.davis.ca.us)|
|Date: Wed, 27 Nov 1996 13:54:55 -0600|
Things have been dull on this list lately, what with the holidays, etc. In the interest of generating a little debate, I submit the following questions: At what age do other communities expect children to participate in work tasks in the community? How is this enforced? What types of tasks are given to children? At Muir Commons in Davis, California, we have never been able to have a constructive discussion on this issue (combining, as it does, the twin hot buttons of children and participation). Different parents have said "children are not slaves (although that particular parent expects his children to do chores at home)", "my children will help with the work that is expected of our household as we see fit", "it is all I can do to do my own community work; I don't have the time or energy to supervise my children doing community work". On the other hand is the camp which feels that the children would probably feel more ownership and take better care of the community if they helped clean it up. There are other parents who are more than willing to get their children involved, if the community could just get it together to come up with some guidelines. As a result of this impasse we have resentment and defensiveness, and several people who have passed from teenhood to adulthood as community members without taking on community responsibilities. We are just your average American dysfunctional cohousing community. As you can imagine, these are my views, not necessarily the views of Muir Commons or any other resident of Muir Commons. Ann
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