Parenting in Community – It takes a Village
Presidential candidate and corporate crony Hillary Clinton wrote a book some years ago called “It Takes A Village“. The central thesis of the book is that the lives of individuals outside the immediate family are tremendously influential on kids. And while i disagree with Hillary on everything from drones to the Iraq war, this is one place we agree. [Though i would point out Chelsea does not have a village, she has a security detail. My son Willow has a village.]
Yahoo News came through here and wrote a fine piece about parenting in the community which has just been published. The community has a quite mixed relationship with the press, and this mostly positive article strikes a good balance of the problems with the parenting program and the advantages. The article outed the community as being mostly polyamorous and the liberal author apparently got that this is not a detriment to the kids. In fact, it is a boon. What is really true is that Twin Oaks is an “embrace diversity” community, which means we don’t tell our members what to do in terms of diet, spirituality, relationship models, smoking, really anything. The article also inspired a number of inquiries to the community through our Facebook page, which of course is the wrong way to get in touch with us (write firstname.lastname@example.org or better yet, read the webpage about the community before you ask any questions). We don’t have all the answers about parenting at the communes. But what is clear to me is our kids are happier, better adjusted, more curious and more self aware than the kids i bump into in the mainstream, on average. Turns out villages are important.