Re: Do You Have a Kids Team?
From: Gerald Manata (
Date: Wed, 13 Aug 2008 14:21:18 -0700 (PDT)
     The closest thing we have to that at Oak Creek Commons is something called 
the Family Committee. It is composed exclusively of mothers who have children 
at Oak Creek Commons. They seem to have meetings, but very irregularly. They 
request and get money at the annual budget meetings. It is spent mainly on more 
toys, outings,party expenses,Children's Room furnishings, etc.

Mac Thomson <mac [at]> wrote: 
Here at Heartwood Cohousing, we have 24 homes and about 30 kids.   
We're a very kid friendly community, you might say.

On occasion, we have some trouble with the kids (usually the boys)  
such as getting into and scattering materials at the workshop, pillow  
fights and messes left in rec room, playing football on the newly  
seeded grass.  Nothing too serious -- just run of the mill kid stuff,  
but frustrating all the same for the folks who take care of those  
community resources.

We've never had a Kids Team to address these issues, but we're  
thinking of maybe creating one.  The team would not just address  
problems, but also hopefully be proactive in creating fun, learning  
opportunities for kids and perhaps have kids involved on the team to  
learn communication and decision making skills.  We have some  
reluctance to create yet another team given how hard it is to get all  
the work done already.

A few questions for communities with some kind of Kids Team . . . . . .

1) What does the team do?  What are its responsibilities?

2) How involved are the kids on the team?

Thanks very much for any response you can give.

(Who's about to go take a mountain bike ride with my 7 year old on  
some of our trails.)

Mac Thomson

Heartwood Cohousing
Southwest Colorado

"To observe without evaluating is the highest form of intelligence."
         - J. Krishnamurti

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