Are there any real-life Mutual Adoption Clubs (Sort of like a Kibbutz but without the business)?
November 29, 2011 10:22 PM Subscribe
Are there such things as Mutual Adoption Clubs as imagined in Aldous Huxley's novel, Island
? I'm looking for something like this, also similar to a Kibbutz or Co-op where a few families that are close friends live near each other (Sharing a house, being neighbors, living in the same apartment building, or maybe just in the same neighborhood). Families share child-rearing responsibilities primarily. Does anyone do this in a more-or-less structured fashion?
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In Island, Huxley describes arrangements where children primarily live with their biological parents but, when things get tense or even boring the kids can go spend time at other families. My thoughts are that there are also benefits to the parents of sharing responsibilities. I imagine (and this is not from experience) that taking care of multiple kids, the amount of work and certainly the amount of time required does not scale linearly with the number of kids. Similarly, cooking for N people one time is not as much work as cooking for one person N times. So if you had 5 families trading off cooking and baby-sitting responsibilities, each couple would hopefully have more free time to enjoy.
So, do you know of any place with this kind of arrangement?