Monday, July 13, 2015

A Parenting Intentional Community (they don't like the term commune)

On an old tobacco farm in Louisa County, Virginia lives a community called Twin Oaks. Here 100 adults live and are communally raising 17 kids. This community has been functioning since the late 60's. On the 123 acres everyone is required to work 40 hours a week, but work includes things like cooking, cleaning, milking cows, chopping firewood, fixing cars, or working in the tofu factory or taking care of the children. Each person is given an allowance of $103 a month. The kids go to a school called "Unicorn School" and polyamory is also the norm. 

Even with all the work that needs to be done, the most important is raising the children. In a Yahoo article it was stated..

"But there are still plenty more ways Twin Oaks does right by its youngest residents: with intense communal support among parents; opportunities for the childless to form close relationships with kids; fairly seamless co-parenting arrangements following breakups; a refreshing openness regarding the fluidity of gender and sexuality; and a striking absence of the so-called “mommy wars.” Perhaps most impressively, though, is the enviable reality of an organic work-life balance."

Now many will look at this as a crazy cult, or over-the-top hippie living -- there is something appealing about this. Every time I hear about a school shooting, or a kid being kidnapped walking home from school, I want to take my family, my parents, siblings, nieces and nephews, and live on a big ranch where we homeschool the kids and live a happy and safe and secluded life. 

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