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    My kids went through a phase of crying/whinging pretty much all day, so I understand OP. If you haven't already, maybe a trip to the go to make sure there's nothing wrong.

    As for the neighbour, a Snickers maybe?

    Yes, if you know your kids are loud you try to keep others in mind but it doesn't take much to offer a kind word either.

    It sounds like you're doing what you can. Maybe old biddy over the fence was having a bad day and unfortunately you're the one who got it.

    My boys eventually stopped crying/whinging (it does happen), they've now moved on to loud role playing



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    Quote Originally Posted by jrw6 View Post
    Something similar happened to my brother. The neighbour came knocked on his door and complained that the baby was crying for more than five minutes.

    Back when we were kids, my dad was kicking a ball around with us in the backyard on a Sunday, his only day off and to spend time with us. The old man next door popped his head over the fence and told us to be quiet because it was a Sunday. My dad basically told him he can play with his kids. He then proceeded to bring out a portable radio to play loud in retaliation. Next thing we hear is his wife screaming. The old man had dropped down dead of a heart attack from stressing himself out. My dad jumped the fence and tried to resuscitate him to no avail.

    However, I agree that they should mind their own business.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Cicho View Post
    My main concern would be finding out why my kids cry and scream. All day.

    Ignore the neighbour certainly but constant wailing would do anyone's head in. Sorry.

    I know kids make noise, that's a given. But from sun up till sun down? Yeah, that would be a bit much.

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    i think if you read back in the thread, i have explained myself.
    They are not in the yard sun up sun down all day every day.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Beefie View Post
    i think if you read back in the thread, i have explained myself.
    They are not in the yard sun up sun down all day every day.
    I think she means for your own benefit I agree with others for your own sake the constant noise needs to be addressed (although it sounds like you've already tried) but the neighbours just have to deal and stop being petulant.

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    I have two toddlers as well, but honestly, if I lived next door to kids who screamed and cried all day, that would do my head in. Shrieks of happiness, the occasional tantrum, whinge, cry because I fell down and hurt myself or my sister thumped me, yes, but screaming and crying all day, no.

    Your neighbor could have handled it better but I would personally be looking into strategies to see if your kids can be a bit more content.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SuperGranny View Post
    hi Beefie, I don't know what to suggest. You said the children are only in the yard for 20 or 30 mins, and you are there with them. You have a good routine, and the children sleep well at night. I have been surprised to learn that my daughters neighbour has been able to hear me and my granddaughter when I am giving her a bath. The houses are so close, if the back door is open, she can hear everything from inside the house. Have you ever spoken to your neighbour? I wonder, have you had any communication with her since this comment? I would be trying to mend some bridges. If you can just let her know when it is likely that the children will be outside, so she can fit her schedule to yours, sort of thing. Im guessing if they are retired, they expect to have total peace and quite, but unfortunately they don't live in a bubble. Marie
    We dont talk much at all. We wave as we walk or drive past and see eachother. So i dont know to what extent they can hear inside our house.
    I guess i can let her know when we usually go outside....and maybe a bit of HTFU?,
    but i would feel like we can only go out in our own yard at certain times how do you explain that to little ones?

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    Quote Originally Posted by NoteToSelf View Post
    I have two toddlers as well, but honestly, if I lived next door to kids who screamed and cried all day, that would do my head in. Shrieks of happiness, the occasional tantrum, whinge, cry because I fell down and hurt myself or my sister thumped me, yes, but screaming and crying all day, no.


    Your neighbor could have handled it better but I would personally be looking into strategies to see if your kids can be a bit more content.
    Yup I agree . Well said.

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    As long as you're responding to your children in a gentle manner, there's not much else she can expect you to do.

    I have a neighbour that complains about everyone and everything. Some people should live on acreage.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Benji View Post
    I think she means for your own benefit I agree with others for your own sake the constant noise needs to be addressed (although it sounds like you've already tried) but the neighbours just have to deal and stop being petulant.
    fair enough. might start a thread "how do others keep their little kids content and quiet all day?"......

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    Quote Originally Posted by Beefie View Post
    We dont talk much at all. We wave as we walk or drive past and see eachother. So i dont know to what extent they can hear inside our house.
    I guess i can let her know when we usually go outside....and maybe a bit of HTFU?,
    but i would feel like we can only go out in our own yard at certain times how do you explain that to little ones?
    If you come home, can you hear noise inside your house? Honestly, I can hear everything in my neighbour's house - her massively loud telephone, her talking, her cat meowing, the radio, etc - IF my and her windows are open. When I come home to my house and people are home you can't hear unless our windows are open due to insulation, etc.

    I've had many neighbours, many painful ones, some downright stupid ones. The easiest and most harmonious thing to do is go inside, close the windows and put some of your favourite music on. If they did this you wouldn't have to restrict outside time. I really think next time your DH is home get him to sit inside with the kids (when they're having a particularly loud moment), go outside and walk around your house and see how far you can hear. I'd be really surprised if they can hear everything from inside their house with their windows closed.


 

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