Who Are the People Living Next Door?
It’s always nice to get to know your neighbors. After all, one of the joys of being a part of a neighborhood community is the simple act of people interacting with one another.
Sadly, in many modern neighborhoods, that’s just not the case. Less than half of all people know all or most of their neighbors. That leaves a lot of people who know barely any of their neighbors at all.
Part of that problem stems from simply not knowing how to start. But it doesn’t have to be that hard or frightening reaching out. You can get to know your neighbors a bit better by:
-Engaging with them slowly
-Opening the door with hand-made food
-Making playdates with other kids in the neighborhood
-Throwing a neighborhood get-together
-Finding more information online
Engage in Little Ways
Neighborhood friendships can start with the littlest things. If you’re getting your mail and you see someone else getting mail at the same time, give a friendly smile and wave. If you’re walking your dog and someone is sitting on the porch, ask the person how their day is going.
These things in and of themselves won’t necessarily build friendships, but they’ll establish a platform for friendships to start. And even if that doesn’t happen, it doesn’t hurt to at least be on friendly terms.
Bring Something Over
Not a lot of people will object to a loaf of banana bread or a jar of jam. If you love baking or making other types of food, consider making some extra for your neighbors, and then packaging it nicely, maybe with your contact information included.
Bring it over and explain that you want to get to know each other a little better, so you thought you’d do something to reach out. Most people will be very happy for the introduction, and it’ll open the door to further friendly interactions.
Plan Play Dates with Neighborhood Kids
If you have younger kids, they are likely to want to play with other kids their age. Especially if you live in a neighborhood where there are lots of families, play dates can be a good way for your kids to get to know each other and for you to get to know those kids’ parents.
You can start with large gatherings, which will make it easier for everyone to start socializing a bit. Then, ask individual parents if they want to get together with your kids. You’ll be amazed at the type of lasting friendships you could make.
Throw a Neighborhood Potluck
Potlucks are a great way to introduce everyone to each other. The promise of food will draw many people in, and making a meal allows everyone to feel like they’re contributing something to the experience. Plus, you don’t have to make as much food as you would if you were throwing a neighborhood social all on your own.
Lastly, people tend to make recipes that show off an important part of themselves. Asking “What did you bring?” or “How did you make that?” is a great conversation starter, which is exactly what you need to introduce yourself.
Balancing Safety and Friendliness
Of course, when you’re getting to know your neighbors, it’s important to make sure you stay safe in the process. You don’t want to get too friendly with people who may be dangerous to you or your family. The concept of “stranger danger” is definitely very concerning to many people. (Maybe one reason why you’re avoiding these types of neighbor encounters?) Instead of staying away entirely, you can try and use PeopleFinders to stay safe.
With PeopleFinders, you don’t have to just hope that your neighborhood is friendly. Instead, you can perform an address lookup to try and get more information about your home and others around you. More importantly, starting with their addresses, you may be able to find information about the people around you.
Once you have your neighbors’ names, you may also attempt to perform a criminal records search. After all, you don’t want to get too close to a sex offender, or someone who’s previously been convicted of a violent crime. Such information may just be revealed with a search on PeopleFinders.
It’s all-around a good idea to get to know your neighbors. It makes your neighborhood more friendly. Plus, with everyone feeling more connected to and protective of one another, it can make the neighborhood feel safer. Just make sure you go to PeopleFinders to try and clear anyone with whom you’re planning on becoming closer friends.
Once you’ve established that your neighborhood is safe, head over to the PeopleFinders blog. You’ll find more information about how to use PeopleFinders in your everyday life, and not just when you’re getting to know your neighbors.
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