It's true. Being the "new kid on the block, "can be difficult for you and your family to adjust and feel "at home." Moving to a new neighborhood reminds of us of that uncomfortable, uncertain feeling – and most people don't enjoy that, especially small and school-aged children.
Be THAT Person in Your Neighborhood.
Set out to mitigate and welcome new families and residents to your neighborhood and community by creating a Welcome or Social Committee. Develop, share and maintain a list of information for community families and residents for the "newbies." Be sure to include ages of kids, job types and employers and email addresses. Finding a common ground or similar aged children can be very helpful and bring a sense of relief to a new family settling into your neighborhood.
Whenever you see the moving truck, set your plan in motion to welcome the new folks with open arms. Excellent ideas to share your appreciation and kindness with your neighbors are:
Bonus, these ideas and community appreciation activities work for new and established neighbors. For empty nesters or those that have lived in their home for quite some time, having these little reminders of what makes a community a neighborhood are needed. In February, #RandomActsOfKindnessDay is celebrated on the seventeenth. Acknowledge it, by welcoming a new family or celebrating an established family in your neighborhood. Since it falls right smack in the middle of winter, it may be the perfect opportunity to shovel their walk or driveway.
Learn more ways to make your community a warm, welcoming neighborhood.
- Bake them a sweet treat. Nothing says "Welcome Home" like a warm batch of chocolate chips cookies, a delicious apple pie piping hot from the oven or a breakfast coffee cake to enjoy the morning after the move, when all the boxes are scattered throughout and everything feels like chaos.
- Deliver a community packet with information described above about the neighborhood, include details about the local community – such as local pizza and other restaurant delivery options, nearby parks and sports facilities, and any upcoming or annual community activities.
- Invite your new neighbors to your home or next committee meeting for coffee or dinner. Make certain to ask about any allergies to food before deciding on what to serve.