Celebrate being a good neighbor and lending a helping hand while setting an excellent example for your children in the process. Use this printable to provide you with fresh and valuable ideas on being the best neighbor possible.
My family and I are grateful to live in a community where our neighbors have been nothing short of amazing. We understand that not everyone has the same experience. But that can change. Do you want to be a great neighbor and enjoy the area in which you live even more? You’re not alone. Most people want to feel like they’re a positive community member while doing good things for others. Having a caring heart and being a nurturing person may come naturally to you, but you’re probably looking for ways to show your neighbors how much you appreciate them and like living near them. Use this printable to do that while showing your children how easy it is to be kind. When you’re nice to your neighbors, you’re setting a positive example for the littles ones in your life.
Why You Should Use the Printable
- Teaching children important life lessons is a must. You want your little ones to grow up to be kind to others. You don’t want to raise judgmental children who aren’t friendly or considerate of others. Use this printable to set a good example while building bonds with your neighbors.
- It’s fun to be kind. Not only do you get to put a smile on someone else’s face, but you can also get to know people in the neighborhood a lot better by being nice to them and going out of your way to talk to them.
Discovering Ways to Be a Good Neighbor
There are many ways to be a good neighbor. You don’t have to go out and buy your neighbors’ expensive gifts to leave a good impression on them. Instead, you can make a difference through small gestures, compassion, and understanding.
The printable includes many suggestions, such as bringing in the garbage can for your neighbor, offering to walk their dog for them, and even shoveling their sidewalk. For example, if you’re younger and you have an elderly neighbor, they might not be able to shovel well enough to clear space on the property when dealing with snow and ice. Being a good neighbor means putting in that extra effort to shovel their sidewalk for them as a courteous gesture. It will mean more than you realize to your neighbor when you do these kinds of things.
Help Children Understand Being a Good Neighbor
Use the printable worksheet to ensure that your little ones understand what it means to be a good neighbor. Not only can you practice what you preach by showing your children the different ways that you help and support your neighbors, but you can also use the printable worksheet to see what kinds of ideas your kids come up with on the spot.
The printable includes a section that provides enough space for children to write a list of ways to be a good neighbor. You can check their list to see if you’re getting the message across to them. Their notes could also give you more inspiration on what you’d like to do with the children to be good neighbors to those around you.
Provide Neighbors with Fun Coupons
The coupon section of the printable is, by far, the best part! You can have your children cut the coupons, color them with their favorite hues, and then hand them out to the neighbors on your block. These coupons are redeemable and allow the neighbors to get free services from your family, such as a batch of warm, delicious brownies or a car wash! Not only are the coupons fun to use, but you can expect your neighbors to get a kick out of them, too.
What should I do with the blank coupons?
You can use the blank coupons to write your ideas and hand them out to neighbors based on what you’d like to do to help others. For example, you may want to offer a free dinner on you or a free dessert served fresh at their doorstep. These are small yet enjoyable things that your neighbors can appreciate. When you’re good to others, you can expect good in return. Most importantly, you might start a movement that involves all your neighbors getting in on the fun!
Celebrate being a good neighbor by doing nice things for those around you and teaching your children how to do the same. Use this printable to teach your little ones the importance of being a good neighbor while making it more exciting for them with decorative coupons to give out to the neighbors!
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