A mother has been criticized for allowing her teenage children to play loud music in the garden from 11am to 11pm every day.
The mother’s neighbor works from home and has “really struggled” to get her work done and attend meetings while the teens “play music non-stop” and “scream non-stop.” The neighbor raised the issue with the teenager’s mother but she just rolled her eyes and said to just ignore it.
In Mumsnet’s popular Bin I Being Unreasonable (AIBU) thread, the neighbor sought advice on how to handle the situation. She wrote: “My neighbor has two teenage children. One has a high school diploma and a GCSE, which means they are on educational leave apart from exams.
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“They have a sort of teenage parlor at the end of their garden – a glorified shed with lights and speakers etc. That means they play (bad) dance music every day from 11am until 11pm. I can handle the night time, but I work from home and the only place I can work is in the dining room – that’s her side of the house. I really struggle with work and meetings with incessant music and teenage screams. I mentioned it to my neighbor who rolled her eyes and said to just ignore it.
“I have 3 months of this ahead of me! I don’t have an office to work in to escape this. And soon I also want the window to open. How can I explain that this is a problem and that EVERY ONE DAY and constant music isn’t really acceptable?”
The Neighbor’s post drew more than 100 replies from other Mumsnet users who were keen to share their thoughts. One said: ‘Find out what you can handle – eg music after 5.30am and go back and talk to the neighbour.
Another Mumsnet user commented: “You need to tell your neighbor directly it’s going to stop now. There is nothing worse than loud music and you have to work!”
A third said: “I feel for you. When I was that age if the neighbor came up to my parents and said I was bothering them all day I would have been absolutely told every day to tease it and stop being antisocial but that was before one Billion years and now it’s MY LIFE MY RULES and the Mumsnet favorite “If you don’t like noise, go live alone in the middle of nowhere.” Here, unbridled individualism keeps urging them to turn it down. You are not unreasonable. Much luck. “
One Mumsnet user replied: “Agree with that. I have teenagers of a similar age and wouldn’t let them do that. I raised them to be considerate. Raising them to be antisocial doesn’t do them any favors in the long run.” Another said, “That level of noise isn’t appropriate every day, no matter if you’re WFH [work from home] or not.”
In a follow-up comment, the neighbor added: “She likes to pretend to be a ‘fun mom’ to all her kid friends so they have half a garden full most days. And I understand it’s nice for The neighbor suggested I use one of those work offices where you can rent a desk for the day, but they’re pretty expensive compared to what I’m actually earning, so it’s easy not affordable solution.
“We’re doing things that she doesn’t approve of and don’t want to give up (current bugbear of hers is that we didn’t mow – so we didn’t mow our lawn in May (it’ll be done tomorrow!) and will do our hedge during the don’t cut bird nesting time. They have artificial grass/turf) and she sees those things as equal. But I’m going insane with the constant music and screeching and I can’t escape it!”
At the time of writing, 82% of Mumsnet users voted that the neighbor was not unreasonable to complain about the teenagers playing loud music.
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