Commune Dads Episode 05: Teenage Communards

from Commune Dads, March 22, 2017

Guest commune adolescents Rowan and Evan join adder and Keegan for this lighthearted discussion about the lives of teenagers on a commune and what comes next. They share the unique educational opportunities presented to them, such as classes on pyrotechnics, sign language, and and film studies. In addition, Rowan and Evan point to gaps in their experience living outside the mainstream and there plans to round out their academic and cultural education.

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Commune Dads Episode 05: Teenage Communards

Commune Dads Episode 04: Will Kids Ever Learn To Share?

(from the Commune Dads site)

Adder Oaks and Keegan Dunn tackle the challenges of teaching sharing to children on a commune, where sharing already abounds! Are the sharing habits of commune kids actually any different than those of the mainstream? Adder and Keegan ponder whether forcing kids to share is the only way to actually make it happen, or if a lassiez-faire approach results in more compassionate behavior. They discuss a scholarly article about sharing in children, the utopian novel The Dispossessed, and fill in with their own anecdotes about the hoarding behavior of, well, basically every kid they have met.

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Commune Dads Episode 04: Will Kids Ever Learn To Share?

Commune Dads Episode 3 – Tech, Kids, and Moderation

Commune Dads Episode 3 – Tech, Kids, and Moderation

Commune Dads Podcast Episode 2 – Peers and Personality

Adder and Keegan examine the personalities of children and the effects their peers have on them. They ponder the sibling-like relationships of commune kids, consider that parents might have less of an effect than they might think, and reflect on the effects of schooling and video games in their childhoods.

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I’m really looking forward to our next episode on tech in the lives of children. Keegan is a bit of a luddite. While I have my tech concerns, I also have perhaps a little bit too much nostalgia for the hours spent playing video games as a child. Can video games be good for kids, or is the addictive nature of them too great?
Commune Dads Podcast Episode 2 – Peers and Personality

Commune Snapshots – Twin Oaks

Twin Oaks has a photo board in the main dining hall.  These are some of the current pictures on that board.

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Samir, Zadek and Anya in the Beechside Kitchen
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Sylvia in the old greenhouse
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Scott doing meat processing
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Ezra doing anti-gravity exercises with baby Colin
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Gordon and Ira Acorn smiling wildly
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Claire and Keith at the Kutztown Craft Fair
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Valerie, Kate, Caroline and Marta at some festive event
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Baby Nikka, Debby LEF, Ivy and Rosie
Commune Snapshots – Twin Oaks

Commune Dads Podcast Episode 1 – Why Raise Kids on a Commune?

by adder, from Running in ZK, February 9th, 2017

I would like to introduce a brand new podcast hosted by myself (adder) and Keegan. It’s called Commune Dads and is a a discussion-driven podcast about the challenges and joys of parenting on a commune, in our case at Twin Oaks . We share our individual parenting and education values, as well as anecdotes about many of the commune kids.

I got excited about the idea of doing a parenting podcast pretty soon after my son was born, who is now eleven months old. I love to listen to podcasts, audiobooks, and lecture series when I work, and this didn’t change when my main work area became parenting. When he was brand new, he would (naturally) sleep for the majority of the day. But the best way to keep him asleep was to wear him on my back and bounce him around for the entire duration of his sleep. This is still his preferred form of nap.

 

Naturally, I listened to podcasts during his naps. I was turned on to some pretty good ones (my favorite is probably Slate’s Mom and Dad Are Fighting). At the same time, my best friend here, Keegan, was looking forward to the birth of his child, about six months after mine. Keegan and I regularly have long, productive, funny, emotional, supportive, enjoyable conversations — why not record them? I pitched him the idea and he was all for it. Though it took some time before we got around to it, once both of us had babies whose schedules started to settle, we could plan and record this show. I am glad we have. At its heart, I think this podcast is a way to ensure that, despite our changing and busy lives, my best friend and I still make time for each other.

Commune Dads Podcast Episode 1 – Why Raise Kids on a Commune?