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To be annoyed at the noise of children playing outside.

(78 Posts)
shewhowines Sat 06-Apr-13 13:14:42

My children are now older and have just stopped playing in our garden and are venturing further afield. I have been looking forward to a peaceful summer drinking wine relaxing in the garden.

Today there are young kids, belonging to the new neighbours, making an absolute racket in their garden, which I can hear through the closed windows. My teeth are clenching.

I am so being unreasonable, aren't I?

ouryve Sat 06-Apr-13 13:56:55

You are being unreasonable, though I will admit that I'm glad that one particular girl has moved away because she was a right gobshite when she was out playing, to the point I kept the windows shut so I couldn't hear her shrieking like a harpy and bossing all her friends around (and swearing profusely - she was younger than DS1 is now).

mrsjay Sat 06-Apr-13 13:57:17

MY dds and the kids around here have grown up but recently I have seen new kids out playing in the street and they are screechers angry I find myself feeling like the old lady who used to knock on the window at me when i was young telling us to shurrup blush

pigletmania Sat 06-Apr-13 14:00:20

Yabvvu you meanie

SparklyAntlersInMyDecorating Sat 06-Apr-13 14:05:25

I completely agree with you! I am aware I also am being ATBVU but then!!! The children are in the garden virtually all day screaming and screeching and crying as they wind each other up. I want to have a bit of peace and quiet. Didn't even know they could make that amount of noise for that long.

OddBoots Sat 06-Apr-13 14:11:59

Regular playing type noise is fine except when it's screaming or repetitive ball/wall interaction then that's when it gets unacceptable.

Iamsparklyknickers Sat 06-Apr-13 15:40:17

It depends - normal shouty, laughing playing yabu.

Constant ear splitting shrieks and screams like Freddy Kreuger is chasing them yanbu. In the middle of houses/gardens I don't think it's particularly sociable to let your child/ren make that kind of racket tbh. It's on a par with letting your dog bark for an hour outside at all hours <glares at neighbours>

It's just not a nice noise - granted it's just kids playing but it goes right through you. I live really close to a primary and prefer the term time as the playground noises are generally the nicest as opposed to the screechy ones some parents think are fine.

FeckOffCup Sat 06-Apr-13 15:50:11

I'd take screeching young children over the older children of my next door neighbours. Early teens son shouting at his older sister "open the fucking door you fat cunt" while I was out playing with my 2 year old earlier, lovely hmm.

Andro Sat 06-Apr-13 16:24:58

YABa bitU - just be glad that what you're hearing isn't the crash of their football going through your greenhouse window angry

littleducks Sat 06-Apr-13 17:01:02

I don't like the noise if children playing either. Mine are still smallish so I try and keep them at a reasonable level (and no trampoline). It is grating to hear noisy kids after they are in bed.

But at the end if the day I don't live in the middle if nowhere so it's a case if put up with it. When I become a millionaire I'll buy a house on an island or something!

emsyj Sat 06-Apr-13 17:04:21

As a lazy teenager I used to get woken up every weekend by the kids next door playing loudly in the garden. It used to make me want to scream. My DMum always used to smile wistfully, however, and say, 'Aaaah, isn't it lovely to hear children playing. What fun they're having'.

Bah. I'm with you, OP! grin

marjproops Sat 06-Apr-13 17:11:23

Its the trampolines that get me! and yes, Im kind of with you OP.

1-DC has never been noisy when playing so Im used to quiet play. dont mind quiet kids, (bit of noise) not screamy banshee ones!

2-weekends and after school in dry weather are always going to be gardenfull.

I try and sit outside in the mornings and early afternoons when kids are at school.

the thing that gets me MOST is not the kiddywinks, its the drum n bass crap that people are so generous to share with the whole fri*****g streetthat usually starts just after lunch and STARTS dying down well after midnight.

I hate the hot and sunny weather. bring back winter.

(doesnt help DC and I have misophonia amongst other ailments so the slightest noise is like a bomb dropping)

GreenEggsAndNichts Sat 06-Apr-13 17:18:24

ooh are yours the ones that are now skulking around the corner shop, creating a gauntlet for the adults to get through? smile

YABU, ofc. But I empathise, if you're trying to have a quiet afternoon and all. Have some more wine.

Floralnomad Sat 06-Apr-13 17:22:44

I don't mind children making noise ,what drives me mad is the sound of a football hitting a fence every 20 secs for hours each day , especially when there is a perfectly good green space less than 100 ft up the road and the children are all 10+ . And breathe !

shewhowines Sat 06-Apr-13 17:32:13

ooh are yours the ones that are now skulking around the corner shop, creating a gauntlet for the adults to get through?

Of course not. probably Mine are not like that. grin

PickleSarnie Sat 06-Apr-13 17:32:44

YABU butmI'm also unreasonable because it annoys the crap out of me too. I long to win the lottery and buy a house in the country where my only neighbours are chickens.

shewhowines Sat 06-Apr-13 17:34:52

I've got a friend who moans about the next door chickens though. Be careful what you wish for.

garlicballs Sat 06-Apr-13 17:46:35

Oh, god, I'll take other people's problems children over livestock any day! Poultry start yelling a quarter of an hour before daybreak angry and sheep shout all night. You don't realise how sheep sound like grumpy men, until you try sleeping near hundreds of the woolly fuckers.

marjproops Sat 06-Apr-13 17:55:19

oh give me the animals any day.

love the sound of sheep and chickens. at least they dont swear/sound like theyre being murdered/play drum n bass!!!!

garlicballs Sat 06-Apr-13 17:59:41

True about the drum'n'bass grin

tass1960 Sat 06-Apr-13 18:06:17

Or are they up my street with their skateboards causing havoc ...

ChippingInIsEggceptional Sat 06-Apr-13 18:06:52

Ah you old grizzle guts grin

I have loved having the door open all day & hearing all the kids out playing - it feels like summer is here at last. Deluded I know, because it's still fecking freeeeeeezing, but there's sunshine and hope of a bit of warmth grin

The little girl next door, who I barely see all winter, has even sat on the step with me and had a drink and a biscuit today - lovely smile Then she spent most of the rest of the day scootering up and down and pushing her 'babies' up and down... what's not to love?

grants1000 Sat 06-Apr-13 18:33:49

With general child garden playing noise YABU but I draw the line at ear piercing screaming! 3 yo girl next door screams like a high pitched banshes most of last Summer, he parents are well aware of it but I think got immune, it was brain splitting. One summer afternoon I yelled into our back garden (to my 2 older DS's) "is that you screaming, it's terrible" She stopped, then started again and some other neighbour man shouted "you have to make that child stop screaming you are ruining everyone's Summer" After that they took her inside when she started.

I and the entire neighbourhood are praying that she has grown out of it for Summer 2013.

grants1000 Sat 06-Apr-13 18:36:52

ChippingInIsEggceptional - we have some children at the end of our garden we call 'summer friends' so much so we and their parents agreed to cut a hole in the fence so they can swoop back and forth between gardens. They go to a different school and are different ages and they all get on really well, the 9 yo girl I think has a little crush on my nearly 11 yo DS.

We saw them in our garden today for the first time this year, with it being so lovely and sunny. It makes me smile because they grow som much over the Winter and I am sure it's the same with our two.

Shelly32 Sat 06-Apr-13 19:24:59

My DH thinks I'm Satan for not liking the sound of birds early in the morning..

CabbageLeaves Sat 06-Apr-13 19:29:24

OP I hear ya

I went around Sainsburys yesterday grrrrrring at the mums pushing a trolley with 3 children hanging off it blocking the aisles, making noise whilst mum talks too loudly in mum speak

Shoot me now grin

I'm have chickens btw

In my defence ...I did also think poor bloody women. I do remember those days

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