Re: Remember when?
From: Sharon Villines (
Date: Wed, 26 Jul 2006 05:25:44 -0700 (PDT)

On Jul 26, 2006, at 12:21 AM, Rob Sandelin wrote:

 Oh.....So where
do you live? In nature....Oh. Do your mothers know this? Not yet, but after years and years of being wild we'll come back and they will still love

Living in a kid-friendly neighborhood is really wonderful. When I think of living in a "regular" condo, what I would miss are the kids. And without facilities for kids, you won't have them. It's the tot lot next to the piazza and baseball playing and wading pools on the green and the kids room off the dining room that keep the kids within earshot of non-parenting adults. And that's how you watch their magical world.

And you get to watch it without have all the responsibilities. I remember when I was thinking of having just one more child and decided against it because I just couldn't face another bout of toilet training. Now I'm watching our second tier of 2-3 year olds being toilet trained and just watching without having to do anything is wonderful. Plus feeling like an expert in advising the parents -- get them out of those pull ups and thick soakers. Naked works best. They have to feel some thing happening.

The first tier was big on underwear (no more distinctions between "panties" and "pants") with various cartoon characters on them. Whenever one 2-3 year old saw another one, they would compare underwear -- Dora, Mighty Mouse, Princess, Trucks and Cars, etc. They had no concern whatever at stripping and admiring their new under-duds.

Our second tier includes some parents who are against the commercialism of Dora, etc. The first tier parents were too but it worked so well, they caved -- and that set of kids was especially forceful in asserting their kids rights. The second tier is into rewards. Bryan got a big balloon for pooping in the potty the first time. He was so proud. He told everyone. Where else could the topic of a Friday Night Social be pooping in the potty?

Sharon Villines
Takoma Village Cohousing, Washington DC

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