Re: Adult Supervision of Children in the Common House
From: Robert Heinich (
Date: Mon, 14 Mar 2005 07:53:48 -0800 (PST)
Here at Eno Commons, children are NOT allowed in the Common House without an 
adult who is also inside the Common House and agrees to sponsor them.

We are trying an experiment with two mature kids, 13-years-old boy & 
14-years-old boy, having a key to the Common House and may be there without 
adult supervision.  They are also on the listserv so they can read/post e-mail 
from/to the group.

I am hoping this works out as we have 7 11-years-old and we need to consider 
how to integrate them into the adult community.

So far, so good ... and I thought aging in place was just for adults.


Robert Heinich
Eno Commons Cohousing Neighborhood
9 Indigo Creek Trail / Durham, NC 27712-2564
(e) robert_heinich [at]

-- "Zeke Holland" <zholland [at]> wrote:
I am a member of a cohousing community in Maine.  Our Common House is currently 
under construction and the projected completion date is in April/May of this 
year.  We are in the process of setting up a framework/structure and expections 
for the CH.  Since we have children ranging in age from under 1 to 16 year 
olds, we are thinking about if and when do we want or need adult supervision of 
children.  A big question is do we allow children in the CH unsupervised and if 
yes, for what age groups and/or for what activities?  Are there rooms like the 
living room and rec room that would require adult supervision and if yes, for 
what ages and for what activities?  Do you have experience with this?  
Suggestions?  Questions to ask ourselves?  A framework or context for thinking 
about this?  What would you advise a community new to using their CH re 
supervision?  Thanks.

Hallie Holland
Two Echo Cohousing
Brunswick, Maine
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