Is it okay for kids to play right outside another person's back door and windows in a Townhome?

Krysti - posted on 05/14/2013 ( 5 moms have responded )

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I am not a parent, but need some advice on how to handle a situation with other peoples' kids. I hope it's okay to come here and ask a question...

I live in a Townhouse and there are continually kids hanging right outside our back door and kitchen/living room windows. There are a bunch of them, ages about 7-11 I'd say. None of them live in our building, in fact, I believe they are from a different neighborhood altogether. They scream and cuss (sometimes), knock on our door and windows to scare our cats, peek in our back door and windows, ride their bikes in the grass and once some were even lighting fires back there. At times, we have told them they need to leave, but they always return (sometimes even within the hour). I don't want to be the mean old lady (I'm 40), but they are driving me crazy!! I can't even open my blinds and windows because they are RIGHT there. One time they even sat down in the chairs on our patio. Argh! Anyone have any advice???

Thanks,

Krysti

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Ev - posted on 05/15/2013

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Krysti-

Then if the police is the only option you should do this. Maybe they can scare it into them a bit to leave you alone. IN all actuality they are trespassing on private property since they do not live in your building or area.

Krysti - posted on 05/14/2013

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Hi Dove,

I did talk to someone with our old association and she wasn't any help (I can't remember now what she even said). Since then, we've switched companies and I sent them an email and I haven't heard anything back yet. Honestly, this whole thing is stressing me out. I've put up with it for years now and I'm just tired of it. I keep running through my mind what I can say to the kids, in a nice way, to get them to not play there anymore. Once I asked them how they would like it if I hung out by their windows... Obviously, that didn't work, lol. I have also talked to the police and they said they could talk to them, but I really don't want to do that unless I have no other choice. It just seems so harsh. I feel like a mean old lady who doesn't like the sound of kids playing. I don't mind, as long as they're not screaming right outside my windows!

Dove - posted on 05/14/2013

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Do you have a property manager? Asking them for their input might be a good place to start.

Krysti - posted on 05/14/2013

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Thanks, Ashley. Most of the kids aren't bad kids, just very loud and sometimes doing things they shouldn't. The ones who were starting fires were teenagers and I did call the police, but they had already left by the time they arrived. There's a hill right off our patio which is what attracts them.

But, I do feel like I have the right to have peace and quiet in my home and be able to open windows and blinds without kids being RIGHT there. Since I'm in a townhome though, I don't know what all is considered a "common area" and if that only applies to kids who live in that building or the neighborhood or anyone and everyone. There are so many kids, it would be hard to track down parents. Oh, and I meant old to the kids, lol.

Ashley - posted on 05/14/2013

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If you cant find their parents and tell them that they need to relocate their fun then i would call the police. Dont worry about being the mean old lady(and you are not old!) That is your home. You should be comfortable and safe in YOUR home!!!

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