People move their nice middle class families to our rural community hoping to avoid the gangs and crime of the city. Depositing their unsupervised minors in our midst they merrily commute over 50 miles one way. Imagine their surprise when they find their kids addicted to drugs, or underage drinking. How does this happen? They took their kid away from every bad influence, never suspecting their kid IS the bad influence. How can you survive in a small town. Start with making a grave assessment of your financial needs. Life is cheaper in a small town. If you can afford to have one parent stay home, do it. Supervised kids do better than the unsupervised ones.
Things You Will NeedYou will need the ability to entertain yourself. In the city, it is easy enough to find someone else to entertain you at any given moment. Movies are available for a small fee, restaurants abound, you can even join a gym. In the country is takes a little more personal effort. You can get a lot of movies through the mail, or sign up for satellite tv, and buy high speed internet. There are also activities specific to the country that may not even be available in the city. You can get your kids into horses, dirtbikes, and mountain bike riding.
Step 1Having the right attitude is the first step. A person who has decided they can not be pleased, will decide everything costs too much money. They don't have space for a horse, or the money to buy skis. These are the kind of people who leave a small town after less than a year, eager to return to civilization. Many activities can be had for cheap, such as reading. Books can be purchased over the internet if your community is too small for a library. One can also subscribe to magazines and read things on-line. One can write. It requires little more than a pen and paper. It's low calorie, economical and endlessly stimulating. One can make conversation. The old Andy Griffin show, where everyone gathered at the barber shop for gossip is not so different from the way people in my small town hang at the bank.
Step 2Step two is closely related to step one, cultivate friendliness. The city is anonymous, the country is not. Say hello to people, get to know your neighbors. Make friends. Doing things with friends can alleviate a lot of boredom. It helps you trade off sitters. If you don't want to make human friends, get a dog or a cat. The walks the dog will need will get you out of your house and on a schedule. Even if you pick a bird as your pet, the care the animal needs will give you focus.
In the country less social services are available. If you can help a neighbor by tutoring their child, or taking trash to the dump or picking up stuff at the store bonds are formed. Strong bonds make a person feel part of a community. Being aloof fosters a sense of alienation.