Re: Do You Have a Kids Team?
From: Joanie Connors (
Date: Mon, 18 Aug 2008 14:27:41 -0700 (PDT)
Even if no one responds or has tried this yet (my group included), I
would highly encourage your community to try having a kids team in
your community.

Peer mediation has been used in schools for many years. Students
receive training to be "conflict managers" and then are allowed to be
the first line of intervention when other children are fighting. They
of course have an adult advisor who occasionally supervises them.

I know there are other things that you might want a kids team to do,
like monitor misuse of property and plan parties. These things are
doable. I think the kids would enjoy it and feel more engaged in the

Great idea! I hope you'll let us know how it goes.

On Mon, Aug 18, 2008 at 1:28 PM, Mac Thomson <macthomson [at]> wrote:
> Still looking for responses to this.  Any takers?
> On Aug 13, 2008, at 3:21 PM, cohousing-l-request [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.
>> Cheers,
>> Mac
>> (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
> "Although the world is full of suffering, it is also full of
> overcoming it."
>    - Helen Keller
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