Born By One

Creating communities one family at a time

Born By One

Creating communities one family at a time

Born By One

Creating communities one family at a time

Born By One

Creating communities one family at a time

Born By One

Creating communities one family at a time

Born By One

Creating communities one family at a time

Born By One

Creating communities one family at a time

Born By One

Creating communities one family at a time

Born By One

Creating communities one family at a time

Born By One

Creating communities one family at a time

Born By One

Creating communities one family at a time

Community co-op

A collaborative parenting economy is a system in which parents can share their time, resources and experiences towards the common goals of the community. This economy style allows parents to share the responsibility of parenting with others in the community. A parenting cooperative or co-op is an excellent way to tap into the community of parents and maximise the collaborative parenting economy. Co-ops can be anything you would like it to be. 1. Start small and work your way up. For a newly created co-op, we suggest starting with a child minding schedule. Ex: Each member of the co-op babysits the other members’ kids one Saturday (or an agreed upon weekend night) a month. This method allows parents to enjoy a kid-free weekend without the cost of a sitter. 2. Show respect to all members of the co-op. Remember these people are your friends and neighbours. Have respect for their time, property and child. 3. Treat the children like your own. The great thing about a co-op is that it provides parents with an extended network of people who love, care and will watch out for their child when they're unable to do so. 4. Do your part. Remember back in high school when you had a group project, and there was always the one person who didn't pull their weight. Remember how badly you wanted to tell them off? The feeling triples when it comes to parents who use the co-op without giving back. Remember it's a give and take system. 5. Keep the lines of communication open. Make sure you are open and honest about any troubles your child has. I.e. allergies, food preferences etc. Honesty makes the system work better for all involved. 6. Diversity is the spice of life. The best way to introduce your child other cultures is to make it a part of your life. A co-op should ideally have people from all walks of life. The members should have diverse languages, experiences, skills and interests. This allows your child to be exposed to as much culture and experiences as you’re comfortable with. 7. Keep your group tight. We suggest that a co-op is no more than five (5) families. This allows you to know everyone in the co-op and helps to limit the possibility of being overwhelmed. At Born by One, we believe that it takes a village to raise a child and all of us share in the responsibility for the upbringing of our youth. We have to be responsible and have to take a stand to support each other. It is our privilege to help introduce you to your village.