Mom of three shares the internet with a letter from a cranky neighbor complaining about ‘screaming’ kids

Neighbor’s moody letter about children’s “yelling, screeching and screaming” from 7 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. splits the Internet

  • Mom of three shares internet with handwritten letter
  • The letter was from her neighbor who was complaining about her children
  • The three boys, aged 3, 5 and 7, are accused of “yelling” and “queens”.
  • Social media users split, some matching noise should be suppressed

A mother has taken the online opinion further after sharing a handwritten note from a neighbor complaining that her children are making noise while playing in their garden.

The Melbourne mother-of-three took to Facebook to ask other parents for advice on how to handle the situation.

Attached to the post in the Mums Of Boys Australia group was a picture of the letter, which was addressed to Dear Neighbor.

“You may not be aware, but your children’s screaming, aggressive shouting, squeaking and screaming can be heard all the time. Sometimes from 6:56 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Every day!’

A mother of three shared a neighbor's handwritten letter (pictured) to a mother's support group on Facebook, asking for advice on how to handle the situation

A mother of three shared a neighbor’s handwritten letter (pictured) to a mother’s support group on Facebook, asking for advice on how to handle the situation

“The bouncing of the basketball, again from early morning to late at night, can also be heard loud and clear,” the letter said.

“Everyone has the right to enjoy their homes, backyards and vacations peacefully. Last night’s nocturnal squeaking was too much. Please keep noise from your garden and home at a respectful level.’

Addressing the allegations in her post, the Melbourne mum wrote: “(The boys) wake up around 6.30am. We drive to school and childcare around 7:30/7:45 as my husband and I work all day.

“So we usually try to get them out of the house to load into the car or bike to go to school around that time,” she wrote.

The mother told Yahoo News Australia her three, five and seven year old boys are not the ones making noise at 10.30pm.

Her three boys are often in bed by 7:30 or 8 p.m., she said, but they’re in the backyard by 7 a.m. — just “not necessarily loud.”

Social media users shared their take on the situation, with some offering support for the Melbourne mother.

One viewer conceded the situation was “difficult to navigate,” and another reassured the mother that she “doesn’t have to justify her kids for playing.”

“Sometimes as early as 6:56 a.m.! Clutch your beads tighter Karen, imagine 6:54?!’ another viewer commented cheekily.

The mother's three boys, aged 3, 5 and 7, are accused of'screaming' and'squeaking' from 7am to 10.30pm (stock image)

The mother’s three boys, aged 3, 5 and 7, are accused of ‘screaming’ and ‘squeaking’ from 7am to 10.30pm (stock image)

However, other parents shared the sentiment of the letter, writing that “no one but you should have anything to do with your children.”

“Just because you have kids doesn’t give you the right to let them bother everyone else,” wrote one commenter.

Having kids doesn’t make you “more entitled than anyone else,” agreed another.

Another mom shared her solution that writing 7am might be “too early” for kids to be outside and making noise.

“Imagine your neighbor’s dog barking so early every morning that it gets worse and really annoying every time,” she wrote.

“They sound like cranky old farts, but maybe you’re just keeping your kids up an extra hour in the morning – an extra hour of sleep might (which) they need to get over their stinky attitude towards kids.”

The Melbourne mum said she still thinks it’s “fair to play outside at 7am”.

She will try to find out which neighbor wrote the letter, she said, and converse with them in a non-confrontational manner.

“If construction is allowed, noisy traffic, etc., then my kids would much rather be outdoors than on a tablet/TV,” she said.

She jokingly said that she will be aware of those extra four minutes.

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Emma Colton

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