As parents, one of our biggest concerns is where we live. We want to live in a neighborhood where our kids feel safe, and where we feel safe letting our kids go out and explore. It is an inherent want and if you don’t believe us, then go and ask your neighbors. We all want to have a neighborhood that feels like a community. The big question is how?
Well, given the neighbors you have spoken to also have the same wants and needs, you are already halfway there. You are already bonding with the community quicker than you thought possible, and making in-roads to working alongside them. You see, having people in your neighborhood that also want to strengthen the community and encourage it to be a safe and fun place for people to live, especially kids, is the key to achieving it. After all, the rest of it is just suggesting ideas and seeing what takes.
A New Kind Of Library
Whenever we think about libraries, we always think about books. A place where we can go and borrow a book. Well, how about running with this concept and setting up other types of a library in your neighborhood. It could be a toy library, so that the kids who live there can check things in and out, like lego sets or bicycles. Why not have a tool library too, where the adults can share lawnmowers and leaf blowers. All you really need for this to work is the space to do it, so check with your local community center.
Upgrade Your Park
One of the things all parents do when moving to a new area, or even looking at ways to improve their current area, is to look at the park. It is mega important to have a big open space where their kids can go and play, to explore the outside and interact with other kids and things. It is imperative to a kids imagination and growth. Look at what the latest trends being set by http://pdplay.com are and you’ll quickly see that you could get a natural playground installed in your neighborhood or one made out of recycled materials. This means you could do your bit for the earth while also making your neighborhood a better place to live for your kids. Win-win.
Go Greener As A CommunityThere are little things you can do that make a big difference when it comes to improving your community. Planting trees are one, move away from allotments and start sharing gardens and vegetable patches is another. Both of these will help kids get more in touch with nature and teach them how to be more self-sufficient. For ideas on how to start a communal veggie-patch, https://www.treehugger.com has got a some great ideas. Of course, this isn’t the only way to go. Neighborhoods in Portland have seen the residents begin clubbing their funds together in order to buy solar panels in bulk at a discount price, reducing the carbon footprint of their neighborhood, as well as the amount they pay out in utility bills. It’s genius. But not only that, having a greener neighborhood is a surefire way to create a nicer neighborhood, especially for parents who want the best fro their young ones. So, it could be something to bring up with your neighbors.
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St. Patrick's day is March 17th so its approaching quickly. I have a few ideas on art and food projects that i want to do with the kiddos. Hopefully I will have enough time to complete them and share them with you. This was a super easy one for those little hands. I cut the stripes of colored paper but if you are working with a preschooler or school aged child then they can practice cutting. The two toddler boys here only had to glue the pieces on their piece of paper. EASY, but they enjoyed it! :) It sure has brightened my kitchen with them hanging on the fridge! :) I also talked more about the Promise God gave us with the rainbow since I know that history a whole lot better then the history of the Irish Holiday!
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