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Do these 3 things now to stop being a bad neighbour

It seems like our daily lives are flashing before our eyes as we juggle work, school, exercise, laundry, extra-curricular activities, Taco Tuesday, someone's birthday celebration, and, if we are lucky enough, the occasional good book or relaxing bath. Through the chaos of our day-to-day routines, it can be difficult to realise or remember the lost art of neighbouring.

With the increase in technological communications like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram driving our social interactions, we have lost touch with those surrounding us – our neighbours. Many have either forgotten proper neighbour etiquette, been too preoccupied to realise or rectify their poor habits, or have never been taught the social expectations of being a good neighbour.

It seems like our daily lives are flashing before our eyes as we juggle work, school, exercise, laundry, extra-curricular activities, Taco Tuesday, someone's birthday celebration, and, if we are lucky enough, the occasional good book or relaxing bath. Through the chaos of our day-to-day routines, it can be difficult to realise or remember the lost art of neighboring.

With the increase in technological communications like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram driving our social interactions, we have lost touch with those surrounding us – our neighbours. Many have either forgotten proper neighbour etiquette, been too preoccupied to realise or rectify their poor habits, or have never been taught the social expectations of being a good neighbour.


1. Alert Neighbours of Parties (or invite them)

When you are planning a party, give your neighbour plenty of warning. Let them know what time the party will start and end, and offer a rough count of the amount of people you expect to attend. Even better, invite them over to enjoy the celebration. They probably won’t mind if it goes a little long if they are enjoying the activities themselves.


2. Practice Proper Parking

Be sure not to block access to your neighbour’s driveway or car, and make sure they can easily get out of their parking spot. Unless you are having a party, park in front of your home, not your neighbour’s. Avoid slamming car doors, revving engines, or shining bright lights into your neighbour’s windows at night.


3. Control Your Pets

Not every person is an animal enthusiast. Even if you neighbours love pets, they will not adore droppings in their yard or incessant barking at night. Be sure you do not keep your dog outside if it constantly barks or has a chronic barking problem. Consult your local vet or animal organisation if this is an issue. Make sure you only keep your dog in the yard if you have a fence, so that it will not run rampant on your neighbour’s lawn.

These simple practices will help to foster camaraderie throughout the neighbourhood, ensure safety in the community, and create a healthy social environment where people are encouraged to openly communicate about their issues. Instead of “liking” the image of your neighbour’s new deck on Instagram, perhaps you could enjoy a fresh glass of lemonade together while planning their first backyard barbecue.

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