New Home, New Community: How to Fit In

Step Five: Make play dates

"Instead of waiting for friends to knock on my door, I found other ways of stopping the 'blues of moving.' I believe it was easier for me to adjust and make friends because of my children. I took my three-year-old son to a playgroup at our church and story time at our local library. My seven-year-old daughter likes softball, so she joined a team. So when the kids made friends, I did also." -- triciamcfarland

Step Six: Plan Party Luncheons

"I hosted a luncheon and played this game called 'Know your neighbor.' The week before, I asked all the ladies to answer questions regarding their favorite color, pet nickname, birth date, most embarrassing moment and other funny questions."

"At the luncheon I then read the questions that revealed some of their answers, and boy did we laugh and learn a lot about each other. Now when I need to pick up a thank-you or birthday gift for my neighbors, I know their favorite color, type of music, nicknames. Trust me, this game has been really helpful." -- Missy

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