Re: Do You Have a Kids Team?
From: Sharon Villines (
Date: Mon, 18 Aug 2008 16:11:08 -0700 (PDT)
On Aug 18, 2008, at 5:52 PM, Michael Barrett wrote:

To our great amusement the boys (primarily) thought this idea was the
greatest, it was carried by acclaim and they promptly signed up to patrol and impound
their friends' and neighbors' toys!

Kids are always harder on themselves and other kids than adults are. They also know more about who is "faking it." That's why the kid courts work so well.

On Aug 18, 2008, at 3:28 PM, Mac Thomson wrote:

Still looking for responses to this.  Any takers?

We have had various attempts at kid committees, parent groups, etc. None of them really went anywhere. Partly, I think because we don't have a cohort of pre- and teens who wanted more authority. We are just beginning to have a group of 10-11 year olds.

The younger children are pretty much under parental control and we hold the parents responsible for any damage by kids. For example, our kids room is locked. Not to keep anyone out, just to remind people that if they open the door, they are responsible for anything that happens in there.

We do have a parents email list and parents do discuss things there. They wrote a policy about storing extra car seats in the foyer for example. Many of them have grandparents and other caregivers who transport their children here and there but don't want to have the car seats permanently in their cars. So the extras can be kept temporarily in the foyer when they are going to be used within the next week.

The parent groups never really went anywhere either, partly because the parents don't agree on parenting. Makes it hard. So it's a pretty much individual thing. Specific groups of parents collaborate a lot.

Sharon Villines
Takoma Village Cohousing,Washington DC

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