|Re: Children's involvement||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Fred H. Olson (fholsoncohousing.org)|
|Date: Sat, 25 Sep 1999 11:16:54 -0600 (MDT)|
"Sharon Villines" <sharonvillines [at] prodigy.net> is the author of the message below but due to a problem it was posted by the Fred the list manager: fholson@cohousing org To get off cohousing-L, send email with UNSUBSCRIBE COHOUSING-L in the msg body to: listproc [at] cohousing.org Questions? email Fred - addr above -------------------- FORWARDED MESSAGE FOLLOWS -------------------- > it would be useful to hold parents meetings, where ideas of how to involve > the kids in community activities can be informally swapped. Some parents are > resistant to such notions while others insist on it. Parenting differences > is one of the primary conflict issues. This is a major stumbling block to having children involved. I recently experienced a situation where the parents did want the children to have rights to vote in the community because they didn't want to be upstaged or out voted by their "own" children. Some parents also feel that children should not have chores. They go out of their way to ensure that their childhood is chore free--Peter Pan is the ideal. I would also suggest meetings of the children, and joint meetings of the parents and children. This could overcome some of the parents resistance. Children love to participate and be "just like grown-ups". I also find it much easier to form a relationship with a child while we are doing a chore like drying the dishes or weeding he garden than when playing in the playroom--which can become the children's ghetto. -- Sharon Villines MacGuffin Guide to Detective Fiction http://www.macguffin.net Takoma Village Cohousing, Washington, DC http://www.home.earthlink.net/~takomavillag/
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