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|From: Barbara Lynch (dancerbarbphch.org)|
|Date: Thu, 20 Apr 2006 12:21:55 -0700 (PDT)|
Karen Scheer writes: I would be interested in hearing which policies established groups think are most important to get settled before move in. I believe that whatever your group at this time believes is important should be put in policy. For example, our group took for granted that common meals would occur at least 3 times per week and that every able adult would participate. We were astonished to learn after move-in that some people who joined the group later did not even believe in the centrality of eating together in cohousing, much less being expected to participate. We did a fair job of communicating our policies to new folks, but we hadn't formalized the common meals. Please, let me be clear. I don't believe that creating the exact system is so important because we've changed ours several times in four-and-a-half years of living together. But, I do think that setting the policy is beneficial. Three other issues that have been challenging here are pets, hiring a resident, and children's behavior, especially during common meals. Barbara Barbara Lynch Pleasant Hill Cohousing in Pleasant Hill, CA http://www.phch.org/ Cohousing/US Board member
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