|Re: creating cohesive cohousing kids' culture||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Rob Sandelin (floriferousmsn.com)|
|Date: Wed, 4 Jun 2008 13:54:55 -0700 (PDT)|
We have a children's team who over the years has involved kids in all sorts of things. When there are problems kids and parents sit down and talk them over, and often at some point, the "Lets sit down and talk it over" model gets ingrained in the kids and they do this themselves, and surprisingly at ages as young as 6. When my kids were young and working out their relationships we held parent and child conversations sometimes a couple times a month until the kids figured out that if they did not take care of hurt feelings themselves, they had to process it with a bunch of boring adults who took FOREVER to get through it. So mostly they worked out issues among themselves and the parents then were not needed in the loop, but were always there in case their efforts failed. We have something like 35 kids here and summer is coming up and so soon the neighborhood will resound with the sounds of kids. There is a natural grouping of kids mostly by age but the boundaries are fluid sometimes depending upon what it happening. I am always amazed at the complexity of the rules that the kids make up for their games. You can't be a green warrior unless the pink fairy touches the tree and then says the magic word and you eat three magic berries. They invent this stuff on the spot and play it for hours and hours, turning into Indians, fairies, rangers, batman at the blink of an eye. And they argue over the rules sometimes to the point the game ends and they all do something else. It is surprising to me that only a couple of the kids who have grown up here are now involved in theatre, one is the development director of a local theatre group. Rob Sandelin 18 years at Sharingwood Cohousing Snohomish County, WA Where babies that were born here are graduating next week......
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