Neighbors From Hell

June 21, 2012 by Melanie T  
Published in Motherhood

How to deal with loud and obnoxious neighbors!

I remember when I was growing up my mother would always tell me to “keep it down”, “have some respect” and (my personal favorite) “use your inside voice”.  Of course at the time I thought my mom was being unreasonable expecting me to be quiet in the middle of the day.  All I wanted to do was hang out with my friends, laugh and have a good time.  However, having respect for my neighbors was instilled in me with such vigor that it inevitably became a part of my every day life whether I realized it or not.  Now, over twenty years later I am teaching it to my own children.  Yet, how can I expect them to follow such rules if our neighbors do not?  

I moved into my home about five years ago.  It was a drastic change but one that was necessary after my divorce was finalized and I could no longer afford the life my children and I were accustomed to.  Naturally when you move you have to deal with certain changes.  However, should constant noise be one of them?  I didn’t think so and yet I found myself dealing with it on a daily basis.

What do you do when your neighbors are extremely loud time and time again?  Well, most people would say you should talk to them and ask them to keep it down.  That’s a great idea in theory but these days you just don’t know how they are going to react to you!  Sad, but it is the truth.  What if you approached them nicely and they denied being loud?  Or what if they decided to go off on you?  This is the dilemma I found myself in after several months of listening to my neighbors bouncing a basketball in the street mere feet from my bedroom window and being woken up in the middle of the night by one of them walking up and down the street talking loudly on their cell phone.  What was I to do?  Well, I decided to shout out the window to ask them to be quiet! This way I was in the safety of my home and hopefully them being told it was 10pm or 4am (should they not be wearing a watch at the time) they might get the hint!

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2 Responses to “Neighbors From Hell”
  1. vickylass Says:

    Welcome back, Mel! Well, on such a case I’d have called to the police if it was indoors or…. I’d have showered him with a bucket of water in the case you tell. Good share!

  2. Sunjhini Says:

    i am lucky in these matters … hope the issues get resolved soon


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