Neighbors are harassing my kids

Tanya - posted on 04/06/2011 ( 2 moms have responded )




I'm having trouble with the neighbors behind me (our back yards face each other). They have been unhappy with us since we moved in because they claim my children are too noisy and play baseball and the balls sometimes go into their yard. SInce they have been known to call the police on other neighbors and their children, we have been very careful since we moved in. My children know to stay away from them.

Last year they were so upset with my kids when they were playing with their Nerf swords IN MY FRONT YARD that one of them actually walked around the block, pulled out her cell phone and started taping them. Up until now, I've chosen to ignore them, and during the winter it was quiet. Recently, however, she started staring at them again in the back yard and shouting from her deck and today she sent me a text and email complaining again, stating that the neighborhood was quiet until we moved in. Meanwhile, the neighborhood is full of kids and all of them seem to want to come over and play in my yard. And she and her partner do plenty of screaming and hollering with profanity themselves.

I called the Sheriff and he went to speak to them. They were drunk, which is the norm, but he spoke to them and told them not to videotape my kids, and not to call, text, or email me. And he came back and told us that and then reminded us to do our best to keep our kids out of their yard. Which we already do.

Just to state: I got estimates for fencing: we can't afford it and we love the area and all of our other neighbors. I'm just really having a hard time dealing with this and especially having to watch my kids deal with it. Any suggestions, support, or words of wisdom or encouragement would be appreciated!

Oh, and by the way, the real kicker? One of these women is a first grade elementary school teacher and the other one writes and illustrates children's books!


Stifler's - posted on 04/06/2011




She sounds like a dickhead. Tell her no one else complains about your kids so maybe it's her with the problem.

Amber - posted on 04/06/2011




Tell them to move to a child free neighborhood where they will be surrounded by child hating grouches just like them :)

Ok, that wasn't a serious answer, but wouldn't that really make everybody's lives better?

Could you afford to only put up a section of wood fencing on the property line you share with them? It wouldn't cost as much as doing the whole yard.

If theses are people in the community, maybe you could send a letter to your local newspaper? They might straighten their act up if the paper were to report on their negative attitudes toward children given their careers.

I'll keep thinking and try to come up with something else. I'm a little tired at the moment.


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