Please, don’t call it a family.

One of my pet peeves is hearing forming cohousing groups saying they will be like family. Or even worse, hearing established groups calling themselves a family.  Grrrrrr.

It’s not a family!  A family has blood roots. You can’t just cut off your vein and not be part of that family. Sure, you can leave and not contact your family, but you are in the blood line whether you like it or not.  Cohousing is not the same.

Hence, not the same loyalty or dedication. And, some people come from very dysfunctional families. That could mean they come in with those behaviors or hearing the word family will turn them off.

You are just neighbors. That’s it.  Sometimes worse than neighbors. But, whatever you do, don’t call yourself a family.

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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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