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Re: "Bad" neighbours

My immediate neighbours never complain but there is this old man 2 stories up who has a problem. I have failed to understand nobody else has ever complained about my kids making noise but this guy 2 floors up has knocked on my door 4 times in 3 years.

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Old 01.05.2009, 19:17
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My immediate neighbours never complain but there is this old man 2 stories up who has a problem. I have failed to understand nobody else has ever complained about my kids making noise but this guy 2 floors up has knocked on my door 4 times in 3 years.

Anybody in such a situation?
4 times in 3 years is pretty good, my neighbour and friend got a bang on her door nearly everyday for years shouting at her to keep her kids quiet
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Old 01.05.2009, 19:37
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My immediate neighbours never complain but there is this old man 2 stories up who has a problem. I have failed to understand nobody else has ever complained about my kids making noise but this guy 2 floors up has knocked on my door 4 times in 3 years.

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Hmmm that's considered not that bad! One neighbour came to me in Feb this year and now I receive a letter! =P
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Old 01.05.2009, 23:59
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Re: "Bad" neighbours

Guess you guys have not been without kids for quite some time. As someone who doesn't have (or want) kids - hearing them outside screaming in the backyard of the buildings behind mine makes me want to start throwing things from the balcony after an hour. They are so loud sometimes that they drown out the tv (and we're not on the ground floor).

Think of both sides of the coin - you say "remember when you were a kid", and we say "remember what it was like when you didn't have kids".
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Old 02.05.2009, 01:38
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Guess you guys have not been without kids for quite some time. As someone who doesn't have (or want) kids - hearing them outside screaming in the backyard of the buildings behind mine makes me want to start throwing things from the balcony after an hour. They are so loud sometimes that they drown out the tv (and we're not on the ground floor).

Think of both sides of the coin - you say "remember when you were a kid", and we say "remember what it was like when you didn't have kids".
I don't think that anyone on here was saying that they allow their kids to run rampant. But in some cases, neighbours are not satisfied unless the kids have duct-tape over their mouths and are tied to their chairs.

I remember one case where a neighbour complained that our children had just rung his door bell and run away. I aked when. He said "Just right now". At the time we were sitting down to dinner altogether. Words fail me to describe people like that, unfortunately there are too many around.

On the other hand there are irresponsible parents who do let their kids run amok, in which case neighbours may well be justified in complaining. But that isn't what we are discussing here.
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Old 02.05.2009, 01:47
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I don't think that anyone on here was saying that they allow their kids to run rampant. But in some cases, neighbours are not satisfied unless the kids have duct-tape over their mouths and are tied to their chairs.

I remember one case where a neighbour complained that our children had just rung his door bell and run away. I aked when. He said "Just right now". At the time we were sitting down to dinner altogether. Words fail me to describe people like that, unfortunately there are too many around.

On the other hand there are irresponsible parents who do let their kids run amok, in which case neighbours may well be justified in complaining. But that isn't what we are discussing here.
Neither was I, actually. Screaming, laughing, playing normal kid stuff can get under the skins of those who don't have kids (and probably under the skin of those who do, too! ).
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Old 02.05.2009, 01:51
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Neither was I, actually. Screaming, laughing, playing normal kid stuff can get under the skins of those who don't have kids (and probably under the skin of those who do, too! ).
OK, well in that case the question is: do you go hammering on your neighbour's door and yell at them to shut the kids up or do you grin and bear it?
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Old 02.05.2009, 01:57
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OK, well in that case the question is: do you go hammering on your neighbour's door and yell at them to shut the kids up or do you grin and bear it?
If I spoke German better, I'd be over there after an hour or so telling them (parents) to keep it down. And to oil the damned swing.
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Old 02.05.2009, 02:31
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Re: "Bad" neighbours

Kids' laughter never got under my skn before I had a child.
And I lived in countries where there are a lot of kids and they laugh a lot more than here.
I guess you should count your blessings you live here!!!
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If I spoke German better, I'd be over there after an hour or so telling them (parents) to keep it down. And to oil the damned swing.
If I spoke German, I would be going around asking who's making noises at 2am in the morning after boozing and running in the corridor, giggling, laughing etc... or who bathes about midnight or makes so much noises in the middle of the night that it wakes my kid and then gets me so worked up in trying to pacify him that I end up not sleeping at all!

My kids' fightings also get to me. But as a civilized person, I do my best to pacify them before it gets out of hands. However, on the other side, I need also allow them to learn from these fights - this is called 'learning social interactions'.

Most of the people I know tell me that my kids are very quiet and well behaved - they are most of the time, whether with outside or inside the apartment. my little one doesn't have a superb vocab, so when he's frustrated he jumps and screams. I deal with it within 5mins, but I must say, that I do not succeed all the time.

So I still do not understand where the noises come from!
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Guess you guys have not been without kids for quite some time. As someone who doesn't have (or want) kids - hearing them outside screaming in the backyard of the buildings behind mine makes me want to start throwing things from the balcony after an hour. They are so loud sometimes that they drown out the tv (and we're not on the ground floor).

Think of both sides of the coin - you say "remember when you were a kid", and we say "remember what it was like when you didn't have kids".
I'm a mum and I agree with you. It's especially annoying on a public holiday or a Sunday when you've got wall to wall kids carrying on some shouty game for most of an otherwise peaceful afternoon right outside your window. The irony that an adult would get into all sorts of unmentionable trouble for dropping a couple of glass bottles into a container or letting loose with a vacuum cleaner for 20 minutes is jaw-dropping.

When we were kids my mum (or someone else's mum ) would come storming out telling us to "pack it in" if we were getting riotous on a Sunday afternoon. I think you are within your rights to go and ask the parents of the kids near to you to get them to keep it down a bit.

Your other neighbours would probably secretly love you for it.

Playing out in the street is fine but parents should teach their kids that it isn't always appropriate to kick off at full volume at all times.
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Old 02.05.2009, 14:55
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Sandgrounder, you are absolutely right. And that is what I would call responsible parenting. There is a difference between having a rowdy soccer game at 3pm on a saturday afternoon and 3pm on a Sunday afternoon and the responsible parent gets that message across.
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Sandgrounder, you are absolutely right. And that is what I would call responsible parenting. There is a difference between having a rowdy soccer game at 3pm on a saturday afternoon and 3pm on a Sunday afternoon and the responsible parent gets that message across.
Even if this is Sunday-noise-free-Switzerland, it shouldn't matter what day it is. A rowdy game of anything can get horribly annoying those who aren't interested/involved in it.

I'd not live by a playground, for that exact reason. If I chose to live by a playground, then yeah, I'd have no right to complain about noise - playgrounds are designed for kids to run around and burn off energy and have loud fun.
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Re: "Bad" neighbours

I don`t know about anyone else who as posted on this thread, but i have learnt to block the kids screaming and laughing out of my head i only hear them when i want to
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Maybe there should be a thread about "miserable" neighbours also....
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Maybe there should be a thread about "miserable" neighbours also....
Brilliant idea who want`s to start it 1 of my neighbours is so bloody miserable i can`t believe it
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You called the cops on your neighbour because he was smoking pot?



Nice one.

Why didn't you just go and ask him to stop smoking it in his bathroom as it is coming through to yours?
Normally I'd be with you, but this guy was sparking up at 6am. All things considered a visit from the fuzz might have helped him get his act together. If I can't have that much fun, I don't want anyone else having it either!
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Hi, I should have read this first before posting mine. (Still your thread is welcome to mine)

I guess generally, 1) if you have kids 2) play the piano, DO NOT LIVE in FLATS!
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Hi, I should have read this first before posting mine. (Still your thread is welcome to mine)

I guess generally, 1) if you have kids 2) play the piano, DO NOT LIVE in FLATS!
Not sure I'd go that far. I've read somewhere that 70% of the population (of Zürich or CH, don't remember which) lives in flats... that's got to include lots of families with kids, and probably a pianist or two.

A more realistic approach might be to look for a flat with lots of other kids in the same building... those buildings tend to house fewer noise-grumps, and even if there are a few around, at least you won't have their undivided attention.
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Hi, I should have read this first before posting mine. (Still your thread is welcome to mine)

I guess generally, 1) if you have kids 2) play the piano, DO NOT LIVE in FLATS!
You can get a silencer fitted to the piano and use headphones when playing.
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