|Re: Teen Rooms||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: S. Hamer (shamer_excite.com)|
|Date: Sun, 3 Sep 2000 12:34:45 -0600 (MDT)|
> How has your cohousing community handled teen rooms? At Cambridge cohousing we built a teen room and fought to have it remain as one when we opened the common house. The teens and pre-teens painted pictures of themselves on the walls and it had a large table in it and games. How much use has it > gotten? Virtually none. Have you asked the teens to pay for the use of > electricity/furnishings, had them help build it, et cetera? Just the painting. Have the > teens had completely free rein, or have they been guided? Most of all, do > you feel that the teen room has helped to keep the teens part of the > community, or has it fostered their inane talents at completely distancing > themselves from anything to do with adults? :) The teens wanted couches, TV's, video games and computers with internet access. None of the adults supported this idea. As a result the teens never went into the room. One family had what the kids wanted in their basement and that became the de facto teen room. After about 18 months, a proposal was made to convert the teen room into a music room. That was done and that is what it is now. As the mother of the oldest teen, (now 14) I did not want him to have a place that could be a love nest, or to have unsupervised access to TV, video games or the internet. I think most of the parents thought the same way, although some did not. As the next round of kids, who are now 6-10 get older, I expect we might revisit the use of the room. > > Any advice would be greatly appreciated. > > peace, > Beth > Sharon Hamer Cambridge Cohousing shamer_ [at] excite.com _______________________________________________________ Say Bye to Slow Internet! http://www.home.com/xinbox/signup.html
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