Should I say something???

(21 Posts)
SometimesMyMumComesOutMyMouth Tue 31-May-16 22:16:56

So to set the scene, we (me, hubby and 2 kids) are currently camping out at MIL house whilst our new property is being renovated. Not to sound snobby but her neighbours are not the greatest (one started a fire yesterday afternoon about 2pm whilst loads of kids were out playing and the smoke was that bad all the kids had to come in out of the garden and they all stank of fire smoke and my washing all had to be redone!) just a friendly heads up wouldn't have gone amiss in my eyes but hey that's not what's gripping my shit tonight.
Anyway my two kids have been tucked up in bed since 7pm but have now been woken up by next doors kids (age 7 maximum) who have just literally battered the front door to ask for their football back as its gone into our garden!
Surely they should be in bed even though it's half term or could have at least waited until tomorrow morning to ask for their ball back???

RunRabbitRunRabbit Tue 31-May-16 22:20:26

What do you want to say and who to?

TheoriginalLEM Tue 31-May-16 22:22:20

7 is a bit early for school holidays.

SometimesMyMumComesOutMyMouth Tue 31-May-16 22:22:27

To the mother. Did she know the kids were literally battering the crap out of the front door at 10 o'clock at night? Does she think it's acceptable because personally I don't.

Chillyegg Tue 31-May-16 22:23:01

It depends.
How long are you staying for?
What do you want to say and how will you say it?

You have to think of the repercussions of your behaviour on your mother in law when you leave.

nocoolnamesleft Tue 31-May-16 22:24:56

Depends. how badly damaged is the front door from this literal battering? If likely to need repair work, then YANBU.

wheresthel1ght Tue 31-May-16 22:31:42

I would be speaking to their mum and explains that your kids go to bed quite early and could she ask her kids not to come knocking on the door after 7pm. Any footballs kicked over into the garden will be returned in the morning.

WorraLiberty Tue 31-May-16 22:32:23

Whoever answered the door should have told the kids it was too late to knock.

But other than that, I don't think it's your place to be having a word with someone else's neighbours.

SometimesMyMumComesOutMyMouth Tue 31-May-16 22:33:25

To be honest the front door is probably hardly damaged as it's a pretty sturdy door but the little shitbags darlings were kicking the front door by the time I answered it because I didn't answer it quickly enough when they knocked.
Chilly egg I don't know how the neighbour will react because I don't really know her and any repercussions on my MIL is something I want to avoid.
My babies (3yrs and 10mths) are back asleep now so maybe I'll just let it go.
Just needed to rant.

Ameliablue Tue 31-May-16 22:36:17

Did you give them the ball?

hanban89 Tue 31-May-16 22:41:32

I wouldn't be happy either. Anything that wakes the kids annoys me generally.
It's late to be knocking and I would have said that when answering the door and in future they'll need to wait till morning.
(Also the fire would have annoyed me as well without a heads up)

SometimesMyMumComesOutMyMouth Tue 31-May-16 22:44:57

DH went and got their ball and got stung by a rogue stingy nettle in the garden grin

PaulAnkaTheDog Tue 31-May-16 22:45:14

3 year olds aren't babies!!!!

<totally misses the point>

TheoriginalLEM Tue 31-May-16 22:49:11

oh . 7 is fine for your weans. 10pm is too bloody late school not or not! little bastards

HarrietSchulenberg Tue 31-May-16 22:49:48

Could you not just answer the door, quietly tell the kids that your kids are asleep and that you'll throw the ball back this time but any more will have to wait till morning?
Then turn the hall light off and don't answer again if they knock.

PterodactylToenails Tue 31-May-16 22:52:53

If I was staying at someone's house while my house was being renovated then I wouldn't bother making an issue out of it. I would just sit tight and count down the days until I moved back into my own home!

RunRabbitRunRabbit Tue 31-May-16 22:52:53

Ask them not to knock after 7 because your toddler and baby are asleep. I'd mention that directly to the DC when you see them next. And the mother too. In a nice way.

Ask them to let you know if they are going to light a fire so you can bring your washing in.

Do not comment on what you perceive as their parenting and neighbour fails. Keep those judgy pants well hidden.

mummyto2monkeys Tue 31-May-16 22:59:01

YANBU this would royally p* me off and my 'babies' are six and eight years old. I might have given the kids an earful rather than their Mother though. My two need their bed early, especially my eight year old and if he were woken like that he would have completely melted down (he is autistic).. Can you tell the kids that if they knock that late again they won't get their ball back until in the morning? Alternatively can you ask your MIL to introduce youto their Mother? A quick 'i met your lad's last night, they seem lovely boys and were very polite. Would you mind asking them not to knock so late next time though (I swear your boy has a future as a policeman , his knock scared the monkeys out of me).'

Just5minswithDacre Tue 31-May-16 23:17:34

Not your neighbours. Have a gin and count off the days.

TwirlsInTwirlsOutAgain Tue 31-May-16 23:21:11

They were woken up by kids banging on the door at 10pm? That would royally piss me off too. Far too late for kids to be out. How old approx. are they?

WorraLiberty Tue 31-May-16 23:24:57

Tbh I think the only person you should be asking whether you should say something, is your MIL.

They're her neighbours after all.

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