by: Kristen Mason
truth is we don't all live in on tree-lined streets with white picket fences.
These are the types of communities that movies portray as perfect and
us live in garage-door communities. We come in and out of our garages
with little or no interaction with one another. Maybe this is why our
kids are living in the "most protected generation ever."
What type of community do you want to live in? I assume
it's one where you know your neighbors or it's similar to the type you grew up
I gleaned ideas from some of my friends to see what they're doing to
bring the community they want to their neighborhood. I love how
intentional each of these women are!
Laura invited over the bus stop crew for pancakes on the last day
Kerry coordinated a community yard sale and bake sale to raise
funds for a family in need.
Stacy invited rising Kindergarten parents in her neighborhood over
to her house for a potluck dinner. This was after a meet-up at the school
playground (neutral territory).
Amy is working with two other neighborhood moms to host an end of
the school year bash.
Casey hosted a Fourth of July celebration last year with a bike
parade (loved it!) This year she's projecting movies on her garage door.
My parent's neighborhood has a monthly Trike Night and Halloween
Parade (we crashed it last year!)
We invited our neighbors over for an Easter Egg Hunt. The boys
planned it, had a budget, and I made a cake. Fun and simple.
What are you doing in your neighborhood to promote community?
Kristen Mason lives in Northern Virginia and
blogs at Busy Kids = Happy Mom!
She teaches part time in an elementary school, is involved in MOMSnext,
and loves all things crafty! She
is married and has 2 sons.