Ok. For anyone who say my thought bubble and was wondering why it said I want to cry, it's because of my downstairs neighbor. Last night at about 8:15 he came up and knocked on my door and said to me "Would you mind not letting your children stomp on the floor, please?" Like he thinks saying please makes this a nice sentence.

First of all I don't "let" them stomp on the floor. I try to stop them as much as I can when they are making noise. It's not like I say "Oh, yeah, jump up and down like maniacs. The neighbors wont mind."

Second of all we are pretty sure that my oldest daughter has ADHD, but they don't diagnose it until kindergarten. So it is hard enough as it is to calm her down. I tell her to stop doing something and 9 out of 10 times she doesn't want to listen to me.

He has had the manager come to my apartment 2 times to ask me to get them to be quiet. Both times she told me that she understands that they are kids and kids make noise. She said she tried to tell him that, but he still wanted her to come up and talk to me. Then he himself has come on on about 3 different occasions.

The thing that I don't get is that this guy has kids of his own. Yet he doesn't understand kids make noise. Apparently they are supposed to be silent at all times. I guess he has never been in an upstairs apartment. It makes me wonder who lived in this apartment before me. I am pretty sure it was a woman with children. And it makes me wonder if he drove her away. 

I think that is all I have to say right now. Feel free to comment. Comments might actually make me feel better about all this.

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Feb. 2, 2008 at 12:23 AM In all honesty, I think he is being unreasonable. I would not make my kids miserable just because he is being intolerant of your children's right to be children. If it were me, I wouldn't talk to him anymore, and maybe he will move.

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Feb. 2, 2008 at 12:23 AM

Maybe he is one of those of parents whose kids have to be quiet at all times. I met one of those parents at the clinic a few weeks ago, the kid (4yrs old maybe) wasnt even allowed to talk at all. I felt so bad for him.


Hope it gets better for you.

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Feb. 2, 2008 at 12:28 AM

Some people are so closed minded.  He doesn't realize that he could ask you till he is blue in the face to keep the kids quiet but - they are kids!  We live in a 2level house and when I am in the basement I hear my little man walking around - he is super quiet but I can still hear him.  That is just the way it is...

Next time he comes to your door ask him "How do you suggest I keep them quiet?  Because obviously I am doing something wrong?" (Hint of sarcasm - gotta have the sarcasm. :-))

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Feb. 3, 2008 at 10:42 PM I say when you live in a place with more than one dwelling you need to expect to hear other people living their lives.

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Feb. 3, 2008 at 11:42 PM Sounds like your living in the apt me and my three boys lived in when I first left my exhusband. It was awfull. I dropped something one night...he came up stairs and asked us to keep things down...two of my three boys were sleeping the other was sitting on the sofa watching tv. We ended up being able to get out of the lease and get my deposit back and moved to a one story apt complex. Good Luck..I know its hard.

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