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I thought the "Village" concept was dumb, till I actually *thought* about it. Mom and Dad are primary, but how many other folks influenced your life as a kiddo?

A special teacher? A cool auntie? Your granddad? His best friend? All are part of the "village" by instilling values, skills, and self-worth.

Short of moving to a Waco-style homestead, it's pretty unavoidable.
 

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what in the world are chavs?

I'd be depressed and SOL without my "village." My husband works in a VERY small occupational field-- I worked in it for several years, too, and so did my father. We're talking about 1500 people scattered worldwide, moving in and out of locations like camping nomads, so to speak. I've never moved to a new place where I didn't already know SOMEONE there.

So I feel safe taking DS to parties, letting others care for him when I need a break, et cetera.

Can't imagine having to go it completely alone....
 
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