My friends and family joke that they aren't surprised by anything I do anymore. After college I left New Jersey for Boston and a few years after that I applied to graduate school in France. When graduate school didn’t work out, I decided to pursue project management, which fortunately turned out to be a good path for me. So that’s my day job, and more and more of my evenings are occupied with the process of starting a progressive, family-friendly co-op in which I will help my fellow co-op members raise their kids and, should I choose to have them, they’ll help me raise mine.
The question I get most often from people is, “why do you want to pursue raising a family in a co-op? Why not hold out to meet your life partner, and buy a house, and do it that way?” It’s a fair question. I don’t have one clear answer, but here are some of the reasons I have for why I am doing this co-op thing: