In great cities men are brought together by the desire of gain. They are not in a state of co-operation, but of isolation, as to the making of fortunes; and for all the rest they are careless of neighbors. Christianity teaches us to love our neighbor as ourselves; modern society acknowledges no neighbor.
If you live in a close knit neighborhood where you know most of your neighbors – nothing better, but getting less plausible in the two income family where there is hardly enough time to get through your own house chores, when do you find the time to venture out?
The importance of having good relations with neighbors cannot be over emphasized and it becomes more so of a support group for a working mother in her day-to-day life.
See how a good neighborhood relationship can help a working mother in times of need:
- In case of urgent need, be it to drop your kid at a known place for a few hours to run a quick errand or for a medical visit, the neighbor is your closest and most reliable access at such times. Relatives and friends might now be in close proximity when you might need their help. It helps to know your neighbors, in time of urgent help they might be your best retarget.
- And why only in times of need, a healthy neighborhood is one where most of them know each other. Just stroll outside with kids or pets and connecting with each other increases your circle. An effective networking process and healthy activity for you and the kids to be out there instead on the TV or the computer games.
Make an Effort to Know Them
Exchanging greetings in the morning while picking up the paper or watering your garden, a warm smile and a wave of hand are the first steps towards generating a friendly relationship.
Take time during the weekend or an evening on a weekday to initiate conversation or better still inviting your neighbors over for tea or a BBQ.
- Know your friendly neighbors’ home phone number and cell phone number – these must be in your phone list.
- Know their work hours and their availability routine and reciprocate by letting them know yours.
And also remember that
Hedges between keep friendships green