Re: seeking ex family members
if you were born and raised in the family, i'd like to know how the normal day to day routines were. how parenting was different in the family as opposed to normal parenting. the activities that you did as a family, just general family things.
Yes. I was born into and raised in this group. I left the group pretty much the day after I turned 18 (i.e., I could).
A "normal" day in the group very much depended which decade we are discussing, which part of the world, and which type of "home
". Some areas of the world (e.g., Southeast Asia) were much worse (for us children and/or teens) than, say, Europe. If you were in a "poor" home, you survived very differently than if you were in a "WS
In the late 70s, I lived in very small homes with mainly just my family and caretakers (I was a kid, so I don't remember too much). In the early 80s, there was a lot of "wine, women, and song". That is to say, lots of "get-togethers" where loads of sex was followed (or preceded) by lots of "fellowships" where we would all sit around singing lots of songs and reading Berg's rants. The late 80s turned into "Teen Combos
" for me (basically a really big piece of property with lots of little huts on it). The sex, of course, continued and so did the songs and Berg-rants, as well as loads of endless chores. The very early 90s is when they really got into "Victor Programs
" (at least, where I was). Fortunately, for me, I was never in one of those programs, but knew lots of kids who were. I left the group right out this time.
As far as how the "parenting" went: Well, I moved away from my parents (and into a big teen home) when I was 12, so it was basically non-existent after the age of 12. I really couldn't compare any of it to "normal parenting", as I never had anything "normal" (by general societal standards).
I hope that answers some of your questions.