‘My neighbours sent angry texts demanding I ban my sons from playing in our garden’

A mum has taken to the internet to vent about her neighbours and ask for some advice after they text her to complain about her sons playing football in his own back garden

Boy playing football
The mum was wondering whether she should move because of her neighbours (Stock Image)

Many parents are trying to encourage their children to play outside rather than spending too much time on screens, so one mum was really confused when she received a text from her neighbours asking her kids to stop playing outside.

Their reasoning? ‘They don’t want to hear it.’

The baffled mum took to Mumsnet to ask others whether they thought she was being unreasonable by allowing her children to play football and basketball in their own garden.

She wrote: “My neighbours have sent me a couple of very unpleasant text messages telling me to stop my boys playing football in our garden as they don’t want to hear it.

The boys are making some noise in the garden, but they’re just playing sports (Stock Image)


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“I don’t know what to do. I’m feeling really anxious to be honest. They’ve never raised it as a concern before the messages, and the tone was intimidating.

“I replied to the first one suggesting we reach an agreement where we can all enjoy our gardens, and this was responded to by them telling, not asking, me to send them to the park down the road. Those were their words, telling not asking. They’re in their early 50s.

“Boys are 11 and 15. We have a decent-sized garden. I’m a single parent so feel I’m an easy target. Do I have any options other than moving house?!”

The post provoked a fierce debate, with some agreeing and telling the mum to send her kids to the park, but others saying the neighbours should be more tolerant.

One said: “What are they doing? Passing the ball, practising a few skills? Or repeatedly kicking/bouncing the ball of a hard surface making a constant thumping noise?

“There is a world of difference between quiet playing and making a racket, both of which they could be doing, and one of which is rude and unneighbourly, especially at an age where they could go to the park.”

“Send them to the park”, someone agreed.

The mum replied: “They talked about the sound of the ball bouncing. The boys do make noise too to be fair, they’re calling to each other like you do when you play.

“It was about 7pm on a Sunday when the message arrived. They’d been out there for half an hour. That was the only time that day they’d been outside. We’d been out all day.

“For context, they spend every other weekend at their dad’s house and half the school holidays.”

One backed the mum, writing: “Tell them to f**k off. If they want dead silence at the weekend, they can move to the countryside. Live next door to somebody and you will hear them in their garden, that is part of normal life. Your children are doing nothing wrong.”

“Your neighbours are being t**ts”, another agreed.

“I don’t think it should matter how long they are out or if they make a noise, if you have neighbors you should expect noise. As long as it is not too early or too late then I think it is fine”, wrote someone else.

What would you do if you were the mum? Let us know in the comments.

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