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The Benefits of Raising a Family in Cohousing

The first cohousing community was started in Denmark in the 1960s in part from the belief that “it takes a village to raise a child”. When Bodil Graae, Danish author and journalist, published an article in 1967 called “Children Should Have One Hundred Parents”, the benefit of cohousing became clear. Those benefits are all the more poignant today.

Many children today grow up in large cities far away from their extended family. Families are also generally smaller today than they used to be. Individuals and families benefit from the help, support and the feeling of “belonging” that a nearby extended family may give. Cohousing communities can act as that oft missing extended family in our increasingly isolated daily lives.

Children in a cohousing community grow up with many people of different ages and cultures around them. This is a unique advantage because these children will grow up to be open minded and social, and with an interest in and respect for people of all ages and cultures. These children will also have many role models who may teach, mentor and inspire them throughout their childhood and beyond.

A cohousing community also provides safe areas such as play rooms, craft rooms, gardens and outdoor play areas where children can interact with each other and learn at the same time. These facilities generally reduce the need for families to enrol in extra activities outside of the community during the week, which then allows more time for families to be together. When activities such as swimming classes and soccer practice do take the children outside the home, families can take turns transporting children. 

As a parent, I’m really excited about the opportunities that cohousing and Prairie Spruce Commons will provide. For my little one: access to awesome shared spaces, in-community friends to play with and additional non-parent mentors. For myself, the shared parenting resources, babysitting and the additional quality time for myself and my family means less stress and a happier lifestyle. Win-win!


It Takes a Village

It has been said that it takes a village to raise a child and it was this idea that sparked the idea of cohousing, which originated in Denmark. Cohousing creates a place where children can play together and their parents can relax knowing that there are many caring adults looking after the children. Children are viewed as valued members of the community and have the opportunity to learn from people with a wide variety of skills and experiences. Children have their own playroom for toys and fun and during the summer can play outdoors under the watchful gaze of neighbours who care about them.

Cohousing is a community of people who have elected to join together to form a caring, sharing and respectful cluster of homes. In cohousing, neighbours elect to design their homes in order to foster the sense of friendliness and collaboration that allows for a more wholesome common life.


Play Structure at Sunward Cohousing
Play Structure at Sunward Cohousing

Prairie Spruce is currently looking for you to join us in forming Regina’s first cohousing community. The community will be built in Canterbury Gardens on Broad Street near College Avenue. We are building a four story condominium with private suites and common facilities including kitchen, dinning hall, kid’s play room, guest rooms and a workshop.

We are looking for people of all ages from children and their parents to seniors. We want single people, couples and families. To put it very simply, if you are interested in community, we want you.

Units in the building are being sold on a first come, first served basis and we are so excited by the tremendous response we have had so far. Don’t wait, check our “Get Involved” page for information about how you could be part of this wonderful community.

This video talks about children in cohousing.

If you qualify for a CMHC 5% down payment, we will honor that. Details are under “The Project” / “The Building”/ “CMHC Help for First Time Home Buyers”