Post # 1
I absolutely hate the kids in my apartment complex. Normally, I really like kids. I’ve had serval jobs in the past that involve kids. I taught swimming lessons in high school. I’ve been a nanny. I worked in a day care. I really enjoyed all those jobs and being around kids.
But the ones in my apartment complex are fucking awful. Unfortunately, there is a small playground right outside our apartment and for 2-3 hours every.single.night. these kids are out there SCREAMING. Not the sounds of happy kids playing. Screaming. When we first moved in, I thought someone had been seriously injured. Even watching something with headphones on, I can still hear the screaming. And it goes on until about 9:30 every night. It’s absolutely miserable.
I’m so glad we are moving on Saturday but I swear this week they are being even louder than usual.
Post # 2
Ugh that sounds awful. Kids like young kids or kids like adolescents ?
Post # 3
Also I am moving this week too! I think there is definitely a relationship between the countdown until bullshit stops & one’s tolerance for bullshit.
The 8 flights of stairs between the ground floor of building and my apartment get longer every day.
Also I’ve completely given up on food shopping since I don’t feel like taking groceries in my car. I had 3 year old Cheez Its & almond butter for dinner. This might be affecting my mood lol.
Post # 4
My husband and I were just talking about the screaming kids thing the other day. When we were kids we were not allowed to scream. Like at home I would have been in huge trouble for screaming. At recess kids who were screaming were sent inside. DH during his teaching practicum said the same thing, no screaming allowed. Why why why are kids always screaming? I was in a grocery store today and three of them were screeching away while the parents looked on. I get that kids have their moments but dang.
Post # 5
LOL oh my god.. we had this issue at one of the resorts we stayed at on our honeymoon. The screaming was fucking unbearable – At first I thought someone was trying to kidnap the kids or something. I actually peaked over the balcony to make sure they were ok… Nope, they were just playing.
I bet Saturday can’t come soon enough!!!!
Post # 7
That sounds like the absolute worst. I would lose my mind if I were in your shoes! Like I get it maybe happening once or twice for a few minutes since kids can be loud but every single night? That is completely insane. You’d think that their parents would get tired of the screaming and tell them to stop?? At least you’re moving out soon and won’t have to worry about them much longer! Hang in there!
Post # 8
Little kids. They all seem about 5, maybe six or younger.
I was never allowed to scream as a kid either! It was for when you were hurt or in danger, not playing. It seriously, scared the crap out of me the first time I heard one of them scream.
Adults-Only resorts are so the way to go! Much calmer!
The parents seem good at tuning it out. I actually think some of it is to get thier parents attention because usually the parents are just ignoring them.
Post # 9
Ugh. I am *not* a kid person. Don’t like ’em. Never have. Very low tolerance for *normal* kid noise, let alone that gawd awful screaming that seems to be popular these days.
So glad to hear you’re getting out of there! Your situation doesn’t sound fixable, tbh.
I was pleasantly surprised when we moved from SoCal to the southeast–the screaming stopped. Its been quite uncommon to run into a screaming child around here. At our previous location, they all challenged each other and tried to break records for volume.
Few things in life will make you as miserable as bad neighbors. Saturday is almost here!
Post # 10
That sounds like the kid who lives above me. Unfortunately, I’m not moving because I own my place and the people above me rent. I can only hope that they leave. Consider yourself lucky to be moving. I feel you.
Post # 11
There was a time in the olden days when some apartment complexes were divided into adults and family areas. The family area had all of the playground equipment and was meant to be kid friendly. The adult areas were just that for the child free who appreciate quiet.
Someone decided that the set up was a Civil Rights violation.
So, now it’s illegal to offer dedicated family friendly areas in apartment complexes. And you and I are expected to tolerate the unbearable with nary a wimper.
Post # 12
Yeah, there’s not really a solution we could find. People don’t typically take well to anything negative being said about thier kids. We did try talking to the leasing office but they didn’t care at all.
Fingers crossed they move soon! We made sure to get an apartment on the top floor for our next place and there’s no playground at all!
I didn’t know that! It would make sense to have separate areas but I’m guessing that could be abused somehow. Unfortunate though because it seems like it could make both sides happy.
Post # 13
We have a neighbour just down the way and their kids scream when they play too. I think both parents work full time so they’re in care a lot (they never seem to be home) but when they are outside playing they scream. Same as the kids you describe – not just happy squeals here and there but full on running around screaming like something is wrong.
As a kid we were taught “inside voices” and “outside voices” but still would have got told off if we had been outside just screeching like that. I hate generation bashing and “these days” bs, but it really does seem like today’s parents just don’t want to be parents. It is very rare to see parents actually parenting their children, and I wonder if it is because everything goes online and we are so scared to be seen as anything but perfect? Who bloody knows, but 90% of kids I see are so poorly behaved and mum and dad are doing nothing.
Post # 14
I do actually feel kinda bad for the kids because thier parents seem so disengaged. It’s not just that they don’t tell them to stop but any time I look out they just aren’t paying attention to them at all. And I hear a lot of yelling “Mom” or “Dad” over and over again. Of course, that’s when they are supervised at all. A lot of the time they aren’t.
Post # 15
Totally agree. Which is probably why they’re acting out. I hear a lot of “in my day we went outside and played when we were kids, we respected adults and we knew the rules” blah blah blah. First off I think everyone remembers themselves as being better behaved than they actually were (lol) but also older generations typically had more room to play and usually a mum at home.
Today’s kids are in suburbs with tiny yards, or apartment complexes, and more often than not have two parents working full time. They’re not getting the attention or the outlet that they really need, and that’s sad.