Anonymous letter accuses kids of playing too loudly in their backyard

Anonymous letter accuses kids of playing too loudly in their backyard
From CTV - March 13, 2018

When Morgan DeCairos DeBoer received an anonymous letter in the mail accusing her young boys of playing too loudly in their own backyard, she couldnt put it out of her mind.

I was disturbed, she told Every little sound the kids were making, I was like, Is that what they feel is too loud?

The letter arrived stamped and sealed in an envelope via Canada Post last week with no return address, signed from Your Neighbors (sic).

This is a friendly request which I felt is better done through the mail, the letter began. I am one of several neighbors (sic) who are frustrated with the frequent screaming and shrieking your children make while playing in your back yard. This is very disruptive whether we are outside or inside and interrupts whatever we are doing, be it TV, reading or napping.

Heading into March break, the Newmarket, Ont., family of six -- including four boys all under the age of six -- felt on edge, unable to play freely in their backyard. Theyve lived in the Woodland Hills area of Newmarket for a few years now. With three elementary schools within walking distance, its a young family neighbourhood that was built just 15 years ago. They have never seen anyone leering over fences angrily, and are friendly with their next-door neighbours and those across the street, who all know the kids names. They walk to the bus every morning together and have never been involved with any community drama.

But the letter upended that. I was second guessing myself, Are my kids loud? said DeCairos DeBoer. During a recent night spent thinking about the letter, she took to social media at 2:30 a.m.

I couldnt sleep. I had to get it out, she said. This coward didnt even come to my door and I cant defend myself.

She has received resounding support from other parents on Facebook after posting the letter, some even offering to bring drums and party supplies for a backyard gathering with their children too. Kids need to be outdoors more, not less, wrote one supporter. Scream louder, play harder boys, wrote another. Dear Morgan's neighbours, Maybe suburbia is not for you, teased someone else.

DeCairos DeBoer hopes the neighbourhood debacle encourages other parents to let their kids play outside the way they want to.

Kids gotta get out and do their thing, she said. Though she was initially uncomfortable letting the boys in the backyard again, six-year-old Phoenix, four-year-old Quinn, two-year-old Gabriel and nine-month-old Benjamin are having a normal March break at home. Im not going to do anything differently, said their mom.

Her anonymous neighbour would have it a different way. In the letter, they offer a few suggestions for DeCairos DeBoer when her children are outside.

We encourage you to correct your child when he screams by saying Please stop that yelling or something like that, the neighbour wrote.


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