A mother of four has been shocked to receive a note from neighbours offering advice on parenting after her kids were making noise in the backyard.

Morgan DeCairos DeBoer from Canada, has four boys under the age of six: Quinn, four, Gabe, two, and Benjamin, nine months. The mum told Global News Canada the boys sometimes “get on each other’s nerves” and fight, but she normally intervenes.

Ms DeCairos DeBoer also doesn’t like keeping her boys indoors all day and lets them play in the backyard, but last Thursday she received a note from one of her neighbours who clearly isn’t happy with the noise.

The mum posted a picture of the note on Facebook.

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“This is a friendly request, which I felt is better done through the mail,” the note reads.

“I am one of several neighbours who are frustrated with the frequent screaming and shrieking your children make while playing in your backyard.

“This is very disruptive whether we are outside or inside and interrupts whatever we are doing, be it TV, reading or napping. Having the windows closed does not keep out the sound.”

The advice?

The neighbour offers some advice and suggests Ms DeCairos DeBoer “correct” one of her children when he screams by saying, “Please stop that yelling” or “something like that”.

“Perhaps if you supervised them while they were in the backyard it would help,” the note reads.

“It should be possible to have them play without screaming and in the long run would be helpful to them.”

The note concludes by suggesting the mum take the kids to the park. It’s signed off anonymously by “your neighbours”. It’s not known who exactly wrote the letter.

“To have a neighbour comment, and cowardly hide, on my choice to allow my kids to play in a safe contained area, which is part of the space we pay for, and play how they want and independent from me confuses me,” Ms DeCairos DeBoer said.

“Excuse me for allowing my children time to use their imaginations and problem-solving skills and get some needed vitamin D.”

She added her boys only played outside after school and before dinner, which was about an hour or two and only if the weather permitted it.


Recently we shared the story of a Brisbane mum who received a nasty letter from her neighbour complaining about noises being made by her autistic son. Read more here.

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