|RE: Child Labor||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Rob Sandelin (Floriferousmsn.com)|
|Date: Fri, 29 Nov 1996 23:10:37 -0600|
Do you folks do any non-business meeting format stuff, like sharing circles? What can work really well for loaded issues to is come together to have a non-decision discussion of just feelings. Resentment is a very powerful, anti-community force that in my opinion SHOULD BE DEALT WITH, not ignored. At Sharingwood there are no participation expectations for anyone, people partipate as they see the need, both community and personal. This means some folks do more than others, but, in theory anyway, it's because they want to, not because they have to. Kids help out on random occaisions, as they want to. Since we don't coerce adults to contribute I am not sure how we could ever expect to do so with the kids. We do coerce the kids to clean up the kids room in the commonhouse but that's about it. Very occaisionally a child will help with dinner prep or clean up. Some kids are regular helpers in the garden, and this comes from the adult being encouraging and inviting, not demanding. The kids see an interesting adult puttering in the garden and then get interested. Clean up in the commonhouse kid space is often done as a game (we have a couple of teachers who do this well). You mention there is a group of parents that would love to have their kids help if only the community would come up with guidelines.......I am sorry, I don't mean to be critical, but why in the world does a community have to have "guidelines" in order for a kid to help out? Can no one take any initiative and just have their kid start helping as they, the parent see fit, without having the whole community make guidelines? That seems like a pretty lame excuse to me. Or else, in my opinion, you need to seriously decentralize your decision making, so individuals can do things without the community having to make a decision about every little everything. Rob Sandelin Happy Thanksgiving
Child Labor Ann Barbarow, November 27 1996
- RE: Child Labor Rob Sandelin, November 29 1996
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