It’s hard being the new family in town. What kids are in neighborhood to play with? Where are the local spots the adults like to hang out? How do I find a sitter I can trust to stay with my kids? These are all questions I’ve asked myself in my moves over the years. Let me share with you some tips to fit in the new neighborhood fast.
Tips to Fit In the New Neighborhood Fast
Some questions you might ask yourself when you move to a new area:
What age kids are in the neighborhood?
Our best idea yet is bringing out our bounce house to the front yard. The kids flock over! It could be the fancy sprinkler or motorized vehicle. Something all the children want to play with. Be sure to take advantage of the parents when they stop by to see what all the excitement is – ask your questions you’ve been dying to!
My big boys are also known to start playing ball in the middle of the street. See who wants to join in the game.
Where are the adult hangouts? Best eateries and pubs?
Google is of course great with their reviews, but I’ve been known to slide on over my bench at swim lessons to the nearest parent and say ‘hey I’m new here can I ask you a couple of questions.’
Teachers are a great wealth of information and ones you usually have instant access to.
Ask the locals as you wander. Boulder has a fabulous downtown and if you stop anyone and ask them the best place to grab a craft beer, you’ll definitely get your ear talked off.
How do I find a sitter when I know no one?
This question is a great one. You might know everyone…except that teenager down the block because your kids are young. I have an answer!
It’s called the Sitter App and it may become your new favorite app on your phone!
Find a sitter in your area: Search by the criteria you are looking for and choose a mile radius you’d like them to be in.
Check out profiles: Each sitter has an About Me page, plus the price they charge. You can introduce yourself and have a little chat first.
Book instantly: You can communicate with all your sitters at once. The first one to respond gets the job. You can then pay through the app too!
See who your friends use: Connect with friends on the app and you can see their favorite sitters are.
Trust: This is the hard one and one you’ll get more comfortable as you use the app. Sitter is the leading free app for parents and babysitters nationwide if that makes you feel better. And remember to get your friends on board – find new sitters together!
Fast! Who knew it could all be so simple? No more picking up the phone and calling everyone you know, which in my case would not be many. ha!
Do you need the Sitter App in your life? Try it out today!
How fast did you fit in the new neighborhood?
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