|Re: "Latchkey" kids in community||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Gerry (gerrykwindsong.bc.ca)|
|Date: Fri, 5 Jan 2001 13:49:11 -0700 (MST)|
Hi whoever you are at Sunshine Oakmeadow. We had what sounds like a similar situation here when we first moved in 4 1/2 years ago. A couple who both worked did not make any arrangements for their 6 yeer old daughter when she came home from school, so she just wondered around the community, hanging out with whomever would have her. After several weeks of this, a group got together and went to talk to the parents about their concerns. Their intervention was successful without alienating the parents who then made formal arrangements for child care with other families here. We have many people living here who have taken training in communication skills and mediation and are able to approach situations like this in a manner that is problem solving using "I" messages rather than "You" messages that are blaming, accusatory and confrontational. We try to encourage people to use this approach when conflicts arise. For those who do it, it works marvelously well. Gerry Kilgannon Sunshine Oakmeadow wrote: > Do any of y'all have families in your communities > where the kids are pretty much latchkey kids? I'm > looking for ideas of ways that other communities have > dealt with this. > By "latchkey" I mean that the kids are often left at > home without a parent/sitter/contact person. Also > inherent in my use of the word is that the kids would > be left to pretty much do as they would without > parental guidance when they are in community, i.e. at > meals and events. > How do y'all work with this? > Thanks! > > __________________________________________________ > Do You Yahoo!? > Yahoo! Photos - Share your holiday photos online! > http://photos.yahoo.com/
"Latchkey" kids in community Sunshine Oakmeadow, December 30 2000
- Re: "Latchkey" kids in community Gerry, January 5 2001
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