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How well do you know your neighbours?

04-Dec-2017

It’s good for our wellbeing to build connections within our local community. And that often starts with our closest neighbours and the people we encounter everyday – on the bus, at the local shops, and at school or childcare.

Teaching kids to get into life and make new friends is a good habit for life. You can model the importance of fostering friendships within your community simply by saying G’day.

You could also:

  • Chat with the neighbours while you’re out gardening or walking around the street.
  • Put a neighbour’s bin away if you notice they have gone away.
  • Offer to walk or feed a neighbour’s pet if they’re going away.
  • Check in with elderly neighbours or relatives regularly – a quick phone call or visit can be all that is needed to make a big difference to someone else’s day.
  • Invite the neighbour’s children to play in the backyard with your own kids.
  • Catch up with your own friends regularly for adult conversation – fostering friendships even when you’re busy is important.

Being part of a strong network or community is good for your wellbeing and a great way to teach your kids the value of connecting with others.

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