Whether you choose the rural, urban, or suburban lifestyle, homeowners should understand that community living has a largely positive affect on family dynamics. IKO has discussed how it boosts family bonding, but we’re here to tell you a few more reasons why homeowners association-regulated neighborhoods are great for you and your children:
Community living exemplifies responsible communication. Homeowners associations are great examples of how to effectively communicate with others because without this correspondence, a community would not work so effortlessly. Take a few handy tips for your family, which are especially helpful during the back-to-school rush:
- Set up a virtual or tangible family calendar in a central location, where all events and due dates are posted
- Create a group chat via texts, so everyone is up-to-date on when plans change
- Have a family meeting at the beginning of each month to remind everyone which events they need to attend
Neighborhood-wide events offer quality family bonding time. Most homeowners associations do a good job about creating community events for all residents to participate in. Many communities offer seasonal activities, like a fall pumpkin-carving contest, an Easter egg hunt, or Christmas-themed horse-and-carriage rides, while others offer more evergreen events like a baking contest or a 5K benefitting a local charity.
Families can keep an eye out for these (often free) events, especially around the winter holidays, by checking the online neighborhood newsletter, lifestyle blog, social calendar, and flyers in the community center.
HOA communities help build social connectedness. Whether it is an HOA event, the local school district, or the amenities, neighborhoods are wonderful tools to build social connectedness. How does being social with others help your family dynamics?
“Successful families are not isolated,” said a study published by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. “They are connected to the wider society. One effect of such a connection is the subsequent availability of external resources, identified by researchers as important to effective coping by families.”
In short, having external resources (like neighbors, friends, and nearby family members) to spend quality time with helps connect families in the long run because it gives them a human outlet during a stressful time, especially if that crisis involves your family. These outlets are also prime for good news, too. Interacting with neighbors about something exciting can help stir up even more positive emotion.
Homes establish clear roles. Many families rely on a clear understanding of household roles and responsibilities to successfully function. Establishing structure as to who is accountable for what lends itself to adapting easier to changing circumstances and improving family dynamics.
In a study performed by S. Shirley Feldman, the researcher asks children to demonstrate “their family’s power structure by elevating blocks figures that represent individuals” in order to determine who has the most influence. There was a well-defined recognition that parents are in charge at home as they act as providers for children and show more authoritative behavior. This concept is easier to maintain in a community living environment because the neighborhood prides itself on structured harmony.
Many people might not put two and two together when thinking about community living and successful family dynamics, but the pair simply makes sense. Overall, because of the structure that HOA communities provide, families can mirror it in their homes. Associations also offer opportunities to strengthen family bonding through community-wide events and interaction with other residents.
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