Do you know your neighbors? If you answered no to this question, what's holding you back? Meeting those around you is both a rewarding and possibly life saving thing you can do.
Making friends with your neighbors or people in your complex can reward you with life-long friendships for both you and your children. It also fosters a sense of community and togetherness.
It can also be an important safety step to keep you and your family safe from danger or burglary. By becoming friendly with your neighbors you are erecting one more defense against crime, since you will have a few people looking out for both you can your home. Talking to your neighbors and others in your complex, and asking them to look out for suspicious behavior can save both you and them from theft or harm.
Can't think of a way to meet those around you? Try going door to door and introducing yourself, or go door to door and invite them to a small party at your place. It doesn't have to be a big deal just some wine and cheese and good company. If you aren't that bold, then hold a garage sale/ yard sale to get rid of some of your of belongings and have a reason to talk to your neighbors. You could also volunteer around with your complex and see if they have any activities that can get you out there. There are other places like the pool and other common areas that you can introduce yourself to people and make new friends.
Do you know some of your neighbors but not all? Get your complex to throw a block party and invite everyone. This is a fun and low key event that will draw in a lot of people and make a fun social atmosphere.
Just by being open and friendly you can meet your neighbors around you and become a little safer in the long run.
So what are you waiting for? The summer is the perfect time to make new friends and meet your neighbors.