Co-housing is an intentional community of private homes clustered around shared space such as a large common, kitchen, laundry, recreational, and dining area. Co-housing began in Denmark and expanded into the United States and Northern Europe. However, there are co-housing advantages and disadvantages in regard to child rearing. The articles below provide insight on this slow but steady growing trend of co-housing and if co-housing is a thing of the past or future.
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