Not Ok for children

I was just looking through my emails and found one from when COVID began. My son loved game night at the cohousing. Well, both sons liked it and suddenly it turned to online games. My 15 year old who is on the autism spectrum was concerned with these online games in the community. It lend itself to a lot of creativity but he didn’t want his younger brother to be exposed to language that he deemed inappropriate for his age. So, he wrote a list of all the words that were not Ok for Little Brother.

The community was kind and read the document. However, some felt stifled and we later compromised – first hour for all ages, next hours for all ages. One night only my son and one person showed up and that made the person whose work share it was to do game night to wonder how to get more people and maybe have no child appropriate days. I felt hurt thinking it was against my son. But my son recently said it was also because it isn’t fun with two people. I did talk to the other person and seemed to clear up the misunderstanding. Soon we left for other reasons.

By the way, now he advocates that his younger brother, after only one year, should hear all curse words.

About CJ

I was a Spanish teacher for 5 years in the Public School system in 3 different states. I homeschooled and taught at a democratic free school. I heard about cohousing in 2010 and wanted to move in right away. I met a group building one in 2018 and got to move in the summer of 2019. It only took a year to want out.
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