Summary of “Communal living with kids”

Many cohousing kids talked about learning to play sports that their parents didn’t know anything about from various members of the community, learning to cook dishes that their own parents didn’t cook, and even getting spiritual and emotional counsel from people other than their parents when going through a challenging time.
Many cohousing kids talked about the power of being exposed to a wide range of professions through the adults in their communities.
Like Durrett, most cohousing kids have been coloring under a table or building Legos in proximity to more meetings than they could possibly count.
While most so-called typical families face food insecurity, strains on their time or energy, sickness, and any number of other challenges within the four walls of their own private homes, cohousing kids are raised in an environment where many of these things are treated as collective problems and possibilities for growth.
Helen Thomson, who grew up in Heartwood Cohousing near Durango, Colorado, from the age of 5 until she left for the University of Montana, explains: “I think that all of us who grew up in Heartwood are much better at communicating and working together than many other kids our age.”
Cohousing kids often have freedom to roam between houses and in the shared outdoor spaces, even as little kids.
Many of the kids who grew up in cohousing attest to having a different way of moving through the world than most people.
For all its potential flaws, almost all of the young adults I interviewed said that, given the chance, they would raise their own kids in cohousing.

The orginal article.