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Monday question: Summertime, and the living is -- KNOCK IT OFF!

Posted by Robin Abrahams  May 14, 2012 08:40 AM

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Good morning, readers! Today's question is one I'm sure I'll be seeing more versions of as the weather keeps getting nicer. What do you think of this LW's problem? 


I am sure this has happened to many a neighborhood as families move in and out around you. We are faced with this problem, which by the way, we have talked to our abutters with no respect in return. On one side of us, the neighbors, with children entertain outside to well beyond 10 P.M. loudly. Kids run around screaming while "playing", running in front of our house, hitting cars with balls, setting of car alarms. On the other side of us the children are younger and their parents have them playing outside beginning about 7 A.M. Our house is only 15 feet away from the houses on both sides, and our one floor house has our bedroom in the front. 

While we have our own three children who are now grown, we can understand having play time outside it great. Our kids played outside with the neighborhood kids too. We and our neighbors collectively were respectful of the older neighbors whose children had grown up and they did not have kids playing outside all hours of the day. Our "outside" time to let the kids play was 9 A.M. to 10 P.M. Everyone respected those times and we brought our kids in and didn't let them loose in the neighborhood until 9. 

These "new" families don't seem to understand that their kids playing outside is disturbing to the rest of the neighbors, especially my husband and I since we are sandwiched between the two offenders. Four families in the neighborhood have talked to these parents but the disrespectfulness has continued. We are trying to keep the police out of the solution but that might be what we have to resort to. Do you have any other suggestions?

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