|Re: Seeking to attract households with children||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Elizabeth B. V. Urner (ebvalbatross.com)|
|Date: Fri, 5 Mar 1999 22:24:18 -0600|
We're struggling with this one right now. Almost by definition, folks with young kids don't have the head space/time/money to put a lot of effort into getting a cohousing group going, and groups that haven't had a lot of kid families involved early on often aren't really appealing to families, since the emphasis hasn't been on things like affordability, designed-in playspace, etc. A mjor vision statement goal for us was to be child-oriented, and to make the necessary tradeoffs (mostly financial) to keep that a reality. But it's hard, and one kid household has already had to back off because of financial concerns. I too would welcome input on this, esp. from groups which FORMED with this as an explicit goal. In particular, how do you deal with the meetings-three-nights a week problem? providing child care is only a partial answer. Sooner or later, they need YOU, which is why you wanted to live in cohousing in the first place... Libby Urner Arcadia Farm Cohousing libby.urner [at] arcadia-farm.org
- Seeking to attract households with children Gloria Gordon, March 4 1999
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