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Old 07-14-2010, 07:50 PM
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So sick of my neighbor's kids!!

Okay, here we are into our new school year, and I have made it pretty clear to the kids that we have started the year and the girls will not be able to come out to play during the day.
IN ONE DAY!

Knock On The Door- Kid 1 Do you have a bandaid?

KOTD- Kid 2 Do you have a water sprinkler Riley can play with, she's crying and we can't make her stop. (Pretty good chance they are home alone)

KOTD- Kid 3 Can you fix my bike seat?

KOTD- Kid 1 again, Can your husband put some videos on my player thingie (dh is at work, for the one hundredth time, good bye!)

KOTD Kid 2 again Do you have a water hose we can use with the sprinkler you loaned us? (What else do you need, water too?!)

KOTD- Kid 4 Can the girls come out to play now?

Neighbor came over to see if he could borrow a tool to fix his car. Dug all through the shed, couldn't find it, big waste of time.

Plus 3 phone calls, this was just between 10 am and 5 pm.

I am going to clobber them all! I am SO frustrated, ok so here are my best two options so far.
One, wire the door, so that anytime a munchkin touches it they are electrocuted!
OKAY, that would probably land me in the pokey, bad idea. Next!

Make a sign and post it on the door. Believe it or not, all of these kids are big enough to read.

1. If you are bleeding, and need a band-aid, find your mom.
2. If your bike or XYZ needs fixed, find your dad.
3. If you need to borrow something, go to the library.
4. If you haven't had a meal today, call DFS
5. NO, we can't play today. Or tomorrow. Stop asking.
6. Pick up your trash, toys, and pets and get out of my yard.
7. Stay out of it.
8. Don't call. I mean it.
9. Don't knock on my door again.
10. Yes! YOU!

There's my rant LOL!
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Old 07-14-2010, 09:04 PM
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LOL i love this post!!!! especially ur list at the end! you poor woman!! neighbor kids can definitely be annoying
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Old 07-14-2010, 09:08 PM
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sounds like our neighbor hood. I just shut the curtains, lock the door and don't answer they knock, ring the bell all they want.
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Old 07-14-2010, 09:18 PM
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I got that way too. I wouldn't answer the door or the phone. They would eventually take the hint. I would tell them that my kids would call them when they are done with school but until then we would not have any distractions/disturbances. I hope that you can find what works for you.
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Old 07-14-2010, 09:31 PM
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well how long did it take? Tried that one day, but they kept knocking. Must not be too smart lol
thought they would bang a hole through my door.
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Old 07-14-2010, 09:38 PM
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For us it only lasted one day. Seeing these kids can read I would put a sign up saying something like "school is in session please don't disturb" this way when you don't answer the door they will be reminded why.
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Old 07-14-2010, 10:18 PM
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I used to have a very large wooden sign at the end of my driveway that advertised that I sold Pampered Chef. It had my phone number on it. (Peanutsweet, if you are like many in town, I probably just told you right where I live since it seems like EVERYONE in Springfield knew my sign. lol) After several people, adults that is, knocked on my door at all hours of the day and night wanting to order, I had my FIL add hanging extensions I could add printed signage in. I added, "Please call to order." People still knocked instead. I added a box by my front door, the kind realtor put home information in, and placed catalogues in it. On it, I put a sign that said, "I'd be happy to schedule a time to meet with you. Please call ____ to make an appointment." Please still knocked (often just to ask for a catalogue... *roll eyes*). I finally had to put up signs that said, "Homeschool in progress, please do not disturb." They still knocked.

Finally, I had to take my sign down. My business was not worth the constant (and I do mean constant, since I live on a relatively busy street) interruptions.

My point? Adults don't respect simply requests like "do not disturb." I wouldn't expect a child to, either.

Unplug the phone, ignore the door.
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Old 07-14-2010, 10:42 PM
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1. If you are bleeding, and need a band-aid, find your mom.
2. If your bike or XYZ needs fixed, find your dad.
3. If you need to borrow something, go to the library.
4. If you haven't had a meal today, call DFS
5. NO, we can't play today. Or tomorrow. Stop asking.
6. Pick up your trash, toys, and pets and get out of my yard.
7. Stay out of it.
8. Don't call. I mean it.
9. Don't knock on my door again.
10. Yes! YOU!
Love, love the sign idea, but I have had a few encounters with people who have no boundaries and all I can say is that they will either think you are just kidding or that you couldn't possibly mean them.

So, it comes down to doing what Amie wrote. They get really tired out fast when no one answers the door or a phone call.
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Old 07-15-2010, 12:31 AM
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Ok, I am going to try the ignore function, lonnnnnger this time, and hope that works, I am easy to ignore the phone, I just unplug it!

I have caller ID but the display went out in my phone, maybe it is time for a new phone...
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Old 07-15-2010, 07:02 AM
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I'm sure someone heard my nighbor girl scream at the top of her lungs..... she is constantly doining that, Sunday I asked her if she needed me to call 911... because it was 6 in the morning.
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