Brett Jolly’s Daily Thought (Topic: Noisy kids)

Subject: Noisy kids
 
A family with small children moved into the apartment next door to me and I haven’t had a decent night’s sleep since they got here. They have a baby and two kids under the age of eight. The baby cries through the night and the other two are up early banging toys and yelling. I’d like to say something, but I don’t want to alienate my neighbors. What is the best way to approach this?
 
The worst thing you can do is try to ignore what is happening. You have a right to peace and quiet and if you cannot sleep it will affect your happiness and possibly your health as well. If the family doesn’t know that the commotion their kids are causing is disturbing you then what reason would they have to remedy it? You absolutely need to talk to the family over it, but if you don’t want to appear confrontational, then maybe you could just ask them if there is anyway you can help them deal with the baby’s crying at night. Once they realize how well you can “hear” them, they will probably try to put their own measures in place to curtail it. However, you have to remember that this is a young baby, and young babies “will” cry. You may want to talk to the manager of your complex and see if he can offer you (or offer them) a different apartment that might have thicker walls so that crying babies can’t be heard by you. It is the manager’s job to ensure the comfort of his or her residents, and should he or she have an extra room for rent available then that might make for a great solution. Hey, I used to manage apartments, so I know. Sometimes I would hear complaints about how the couple next door was too loud whenever they were having sex (among other things). One time I had to actually go to the apartment and actually LISTEN to the people next door groaning and moaning. I felt bad about being able to hear them, but I felt even worse that it didn’t last more than 30 seconds (oops… too much information here). Subsequently I had to confront the couple and alert them to the fact that they could be heard…. Clearly…  Needless to say, they became VERY quiet after that (smile). So there you have it… Talk to the family first and see if they can come up with a solution, and if that doesn’t work then talk to your complex manager. He will not want to see you move (because then he will lose money) so he may be able to come up with a viable solution, unless, of course, he is the Phantom Poet:
 
When I moved into this complex, there should have been a warning
I never thought I’d have to deal with kid noises throughout the night and morning
Their kids are so loud that it makes me want to cry and weep
And on top of all this, there is no way I can get any sleep
I would like to confront them, and I would like for them to know
That between this family and me, ONE of us got to go
With each night my condition gets worse, and I’m feeling weaker and weaker
I think I will talk to my boy Brett Jolly and borrow his guitar speaker
I will set it up by their front door and just as loud as it can possibly be
I will ask Brett to hook up his bass, and play his funkiest bass solo, in “E”
Once the family hears how thin the walls are, then maybe they will understand
That their kids make too much noise and this is getting out of hand
After Brett finished playing, there was a big surprise in store for me
The noise from the couple next door was as silent as it could be
It was so quiet you could hear a pin drop…In fact, I couldn’t hear a peep
The couple came out and thanked me, because the noise put their kids to sleep
I guess the kids must really like music, so I am glad it worked out this way
Now the couple wants to hire Brett Jolly to play loud for them everyday
So now I’m thinking this is a happy ending, and I can now enjoy sleeping in my place
Except for the fact that each day I am now awakened by the sounds of Brett Jolly’s bass
But at least it doesn’t go all through the night, so there is no reason for me to regret it
So the moral of this story is “Be careful what you ask for, because you just might get it…”
 
 
You TOO can hire Brett’s services at WWW.BrettJolly.com.  (Shameless plug)… The Phantom Poet

 

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