|Re: Adult Supervision of Children in the Common House||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Dahako (Dahakoaol.com)|
|Date: Mon, 14 Mar 2005 17:12:58 -0800 (PST)|
Hi all - At Eastern Village, the commonhouse is a major circulation hub, so the kids are in it all the time. At this point, we don't keep any internal doors locked except the electrical room, the workshop (padlocked), and a cleaning closet, so some kids are generally around in the little kids room or in the game room (or the laundry, or the great hall, or the library, or the living room). The older kids know they are not allowed on the exercise equipment in the exercise room, and the younger kids are learning. No kid under 12 is allowed on the green roof without an adult, even though the play lot is up there. Kids over 10 can be in the kitchen unsupervised after they take a knife/safety course (with me). We worked up a bunch of kids rules (in consultation with the older kids) before we moved in, but never adopted them because we wanted some experience with living together before we committed to rules. The kids are already pushing to rewrite the draft because we've found that some things matter more than we thought (like unrelated kids alone in an apartment together unsupervised) and some less (like kids using wheeled things in the hallways). Neatness in the game room and kids room are sometimes issues, but the parents and older kids are trying to work together to keep them in some semblance of order. Most days, things are good. Not a high standard, I guess. But a pretty happy one. Jessie Handforth Kome Eastern Village Cohousing Silver Spring, Maryland "Where we've been having a series of themed potluck dinners on Monday nights. This week is "California Cuisine". Last week was "Martha's Out", and next week is an all vegan meal in honor of the Great American Meat-Out. A few weeks ago, the theme was "orange"."
Adult Supervision of Children in the Common House Zeke Holland, March 14 2005
- Re: Adult Supervision of Children in the Common House Sharon Villines, March 14 2005
- RE: Adult Supervision of Children in the Common House Rob Sandelin, March 14 2005
- Re: Adult Supervision of Children in the Common House Robert Heinich, March 14 2005
- Re: Adult Supervision of Children in the Common House Dahako, March 14 2005
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