Re: Children: Letting them work it out or micromanaging
From: Jeanne Goodman, JP Cohousing (
Date: Tue, 13 Dec 2005 13:55:17 -0800 (PST)
I have to agree with Sharon. I've been thinking about this all day and Sharon was able to express what I was uncomfortable about.

I believe the best lesson we can offer our children is the gift of conflict resolution. Adults often don't know how to constructively resolve conflicts. We can't expect our children to be able to do it.

As often as possible, the adults in the community should offer the children traditional non-violent conflict resolution techniques to resolve the problem. If the community doesn't have training in conflict resolution, get some. If a third party (not a direct parent) is available for conflict resolution, even better.


----- Original Message ----- From: "Sharon Villines" <sharon [at]>

In a new community, children, like adults, will have to be guided toward common values and those values will have to be worked out on a community basis.

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