Child Friendly Neighbourhoods

With children almost out of school for the summer and the warm weather arriving, it’s time to get the them outside. But what if your neighbourhood doesn’t exactly scream, child-friendly? Here are some tips on how you can make your street more desirable for children at play.

Be inclusive
Don’t exclude neighbours without kids from your social circle. For example, offer to have your kids help the retirees down the road with yard work.

Use sign language
Placing one of the popular “Drive like your kids live here” signs in your yard is a friendly reminder for neighbours to keep an eye on the road and their foot off the gas.

Start a community Facebook page
Your kids can help you with this one if you’re not social media savvy. Posting announcements, neighborhood news, or items for sale can boost a feeling of community and inclusivity.

Summer flicks
Neighbourhood gatherings can be beneficial for your kids’ social lives and your own. Hang a sheet over the garage, set out the beach chairs and host a “bike-in” kid-friendly movie screening.

Work together
When concerns for your child’s safety or enjoyment of the neighbourhood arise, gather other parents to bring the issues to light.  It’s important you’re able to raise your concerns and ideas to neighbours without everyone splitting into tribes.

Party on
Throw a block party for every season to help neighbours, and neighbourhood kids, get to know one another. Try lining the street with luminarias in the fall. Or kicking off summer with a bike parade.

And lastly, a Realtor like myself, will have the inside scoop on which neighbourhoods have established a great community.