Re: Carrying on the movement
From: Rob Sandelin (
Date: Sat, 12 Aug 2006 09:18:59 -0700 (PDT)
Both my children have grown up at Sharingwood. One is about to leave for
college, the other just turned 15.  Like everyone else who lives here, I
would say they are not interested much in cohousing movements and have
little interest in other cohousing groups and situations. However, both of
them articulate that they know the "real world" is not at all like where
they grew up and they are aware of some of the very wonderful kinds of
relationships they have living in community. In fact yesterday my youngest
had a surprise party which included several friends who did not know about
this aspect of her life. I was tickled to watch her give them a tour of
"her" community. 

So I think there is an ingrained learning, which might very well springboard
into my kids finding themselves wanting to live in community later in their
life after they explore the world a bit.  They both very much understand
that this is a great place to raise kids and it might not be until such time
in their lives that they choose to return.  

Rob Sandelin
Naturalist, Writer
The Environmental Science School
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-----Original Message-----
From: Dahako [at] [mailto:Dahako [at]] 
Sent: Saturday, August 12, 2006 7:04 AM
To: cohousing-l [at]
Subject: [C-L]_ Carrying on the movement

Hi -
I was talking to my 15-year-old about the conference and she asked why, if
we were so serious about carrying the cohousing movement forward, we 1) did
not  have a plan to help the kids raised in cohousing (our best market) to
be able to  live in cohousing once they leave their parents' homes
(affordability), and 2)  did not have any conference sessions or national
outreach for the teens who had  grown up in cohousing and might want to help
carry the movement forward?
She and I have talked a bit about this, but I figure you all can help me
answer her. Please.
Maybe she can get her community service learning hours working for the
Mid-Atlantic Chapter answering her own questions?  What say, Ann Z?
Also, is anyone else having the experience that the kids raised in
cohousing, who cannot remember anything else, expect to live in cohousing
when  they are grown?  Or are other kids rebelling?
-Jessie Handforth Kome
Silver Spring, Maryland
"Where I'm still finishing my condo's floors in the second year  after move
in.  The Rembrandt concrete stain is gorgeous and holding up  very well
except under the chair with rolling wheels at the computer.  And  I think
this will be our first and last stone tile floor (stuff is *heavy*!)  once
we get the entry hall done."
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