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#1 of 3 Old 04-08-2003, 04:41 AM - Thread Starter
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Hey. Dp and I live in a collective household with 3 other adults. Our dd is 5 months old and loves our flat mates. We want to move, 'cause our apartment is crappy and expensive, and are hoping to move with the whole crew.

I wonder how it'll work, and I wonder if other folks have lived collectively with their kids, and how it went. Dd is the only child; dp and I are about 5 years older than everyone else.

I guess I'd love to commiserate and also hear about things to watch out for from those who've been there.
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If it works for you....go for it
I had roomies with kids and we laughed about co-parenting and "us" being married. but we really were able to function quite well. i could shower or run to the store and it was nice to cook on my night and be "off" on the others. We all took care of the kids. I miss the friendship and lifestyle. The hubby and I worked and his wife (my best friend)was an "extra mom" when needed.
something like an x-files marathon on tv became an event! we would wait for a commercial and run around like maniacs and do a "chore" like run a load of laundry or a sink of dishes and dash back when the show came back on.
we still talk about building a co-house and getting back "together" someday!

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My parents lived in a house with my mom's sister and another married couple when I was little. I was the only kid until my brother and the other couple's daughter were born. THe babies shared rooms with their paarents and I coslept with my aunt. It was really great. There wwas always someone to play with or to watch me if something came up or my mother's night job overlapped with when my father was getting off of his day shift. I enjoyed and miss the communal lifestyle. Unfortunatly, my dh doesnt like the idea of anyone but us living at our house. We have an extra room and no $$$$$$$$. I would love to rent the room to a good friend and be able to enjoy a roomie again (well, an adult one anyway) as well as make some extra dough.

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