Moving away not the answer to morning mayhem
of shoving them outside for the neighbors and unlucky drivers to deal with. Let the kids play inside at 8 a.m.
P.S. Sometimes, being nice to the neighbor kids and getting to know them one-on-one can make a challenging situation better. It did for me. -- ALSO IN WASHINGTON
DEAR ABBY: In my neighborhood, the landscapers arrive at 7 a.m. to mow, blow and edge. The racket wakes everyone. The answer for us was the white noise machine our daughter got us. During a nap I use it because garbage trucks and delivery vans make more noise than kids playing or the school bus. -- ANN FROM SUN CITY
DEAR ABBY: I called the police because of screaming children. After they came, I never heard the screaming again. Years earlier in another neighborhood, cops came to make kids stop the noise. I’ll repeat what the officer told me: “Everyone is entitled to peace.” -- MICHIGAN READER
DEAR ABBY: There may be a local ordinance that there must be no noise before 9 a.m. “Upset” should check into this. -- CLAIRE IN NEW YORK
DEAR ABBY: Indulgent parents who fail to teach their children respect for others breed young adults who feel they’re never wrong about anything. You should have suggested the children be confined to their backyard to burn off their energy.
I’m relatively certain other neighbors have been disturbed but are afraid to say anything. The retirees should ask around. Maybe if others share their annoyance, they can approach the mom as a group. -- DIFFERENT OPINION IN GEORGIA
DEAR ABBY: Children have a right to play outside before school, but playing unsupervised in the street is a tragedy waiting to happen. Also, why should people who have lived in their home for 31 years have to move? It doesn’t appear they had problems with other neighbors until that young family moved in. That mother should comprehend that this is not just about noise, but also about her children’s safety. -- CAREFUL IN CONNECTICUT