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.