Re: Paying Teenagers
From: David Heimann (
Date: Mon, 2 Mar 2015 07:42:33 -0800 (PST)

Hello All,

There's another aspect between paying teenagers (or anyone else) to do a task and having an adult (or anyone else) do it for free as a service. When one pays a teenager to do the task the interaction is over, with no explicit or implicit expectations beyond that. When an adult helps one out as a service, there's an expectation that at some point one will repay the favor, either back to the helper or forward to the community.

David Heimann
Jamaica Plain Cohousing

Date: Sun, 1 Mar 2015 10:19:24 -0500
From: Sharon Villines <sharon [at]>
To: Cohousing-L Cohousing-L <cohousing-l [at]>
Subject: Re: [C-L]_ Paying Teenagers
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On Mar 1, 2015, at 9:34 AM, Jessie Kome <jehako [at]> wrote:

What advantage does anyone see to making policy in this area?

"Policy" means different things to different people so I would say that I would 
like to have an understanding of how paying children as community residents is different 
from paying adults or whatever. Perhaps it isn't. And what effect that has on their 
feeling like members of the community.

And even more, I find that I don't offer to engage if I don't have a sense of what is expected. How 
much do I pay? Do I ask the parents first or the kids? How much do I offer? I'm more likely to 
engage if a the two teenaged boys say, "$5 to clean the snow off your car" rather than 
"we are earning money for iPhones and are available to clean off your car."

It's the sense of things, not a policy question.

Sharon Villines
Takoma Village Cohousing, Washington DC

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