|Re: Number of children||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Sharon Villines (sharonsharonvillines.com)|
|Date: Sun, 24 Jun 2018 17:11:57 -0700 (PDT)|
*47 kids aged 0-16 (24 have at least a small percentage of their custody elsewhere; I would say 3 are mostly elsewhere, 2 are evenly split, and 19 are mostly here) *58 adults 19-late 70s Sharingwood once had 40 so I think you have bested them. We have been steady around 20 children even though the number of adults varies. Singles vs partnered, child in residence, no child in residence — all this changes but one way or anotther we have about 20 kids. What changes is a cycle of ages. People were planning on children and moved here to have children. So we had a slew of babies and toddlers for a few years, both homegrown and adopted. Then suddenly a slew of 8-10 year olds who were adopted. Adding the older group suddenly felt like we were being overwhelmed. They hadn’t grown up here so needed to be acclimated. Then they started going off to college and some moving because the schools are so bad in DC or they needed more space for 4-5 children. (Yes, people still do that. The 1950s are back. And we had no toddlers. Then all of a sudden we had 7 babies in the last 3 years so we are starting the cycle again. A difference which to me is marked is that the new households with babies have moved here to be close to their extended families and the babies are not in the community as much. The original parents wanted to live in cohousing because they wanted a child friendly environment and wanted their children to know other adults and have relationships with them independent of the parents. As one facilitator said at a meeting, “It was so nice to be able to faciitate and see Natalie happily being passed around the room being cared for by many people. A single mother by choice said when she looked around to decide where her 2 children could go if she had a medical emergency, she counted 12 households that would be happy to have them and they would be perfectly comforable staying for 36-48 hours or longer. There are no single people adopting or having children now, and the parents are more “cloistered” with their children. A major difference is that they have their own parents to provide support so they don’t need a cohousing grandmother. Sharon Takoma Village Cohousing, Washington DC
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