Sunday, October 12, 2008

Damn Kids!

I live in a town home community and there are two little girls in the block next to mine who are always getting into mischief. One has lanky brown hair and the other is a skinny little blond. They are at least six years old because they have mentioned being in school. I would estimate that they are in the six - eight range.

They have asked if Muffin can play with them in the past and I have refused. I did it in a nice way, but I really don't want Muffin hanging out with these girls. As I mentioned, they always appear to be up to some kind of trouble - be it chasing cats (mean), hiding in trash bins (gross!) or standing on top of cars. For real. I don't want my daughter to pick up any of these habits and I'm not entirely sure she would be safe with those girls anyway - I've also seen them playing in the road.

Recently the lanky brown haired girl has begun a different game. The "ring-the-door-bell-and-run" game. She has also enlisted the aid of my new neighbors (who I had secret hopes of becoming potential babysitters. Alas.) They will scamper up, ring the bell and tear off in a fit of giggles to hide behind the neighbor's car. Yesterday, the two neighbor kids did it by themselves - and one of them (the now not-so-potential babysitter) is definitely old enough to know better.

I have yet to answer the door after one of these pranks. I rarely answer the doorbell anyway. We have WAY too many door-to-door sales people in these parts. Unless I'm expecting company or a package I'll just ignore the bell. Regardless, the incessant ringing is about to drive me mad. In my psychology classes they advised that we ignore any behavior that we did not want reinforced. I'm not sure how long I can manage to ignore this crap - yesterday they were doing it during Muffin's nap! Also, I don't want to give them further satisfaction by appearing upset by their behavior.

I should also note that I've never spoken to any of the parents involved - outside a friendly greeting at the mailbox, I mean. I guess I would hate to have my first real conversation with my neighbors to be a complaint against their kids.

So, what do I do? I've considered opening the door and acknowledging their prank but asking that they cease and desist for the sake of my napping child. I've also considered rigging a battery up to the bell so that they get a nasty shock. But I'm sure that their parents wouldn't like that option too much. Maybe I should just wait them out and hope that a new game sparks their interest soon. Or, maybe when they come around to my house on Halloween I should say that I don't have candy for random door-bell-ringers. That might invite a few eggs though.

Still, right now I'm leaning towards electrocution and candy denial. I'm a grumpy old bitch that way. Damn kids.

7 comments:

Pork Star said...

Candy denial certainly sounds more humane... : )

LceeL said...

Bring cookies over or something. Sit down and have a nice evening and let them know how nice you are. Talk about the possibility of baby sitting. I'm willing to bet the ringing stops. At least by the neighbors.

Patsy said...

Hi, I just popped over from LouCeeL blog. You do have a dilemma -- I like the shock treatment personally, but wouldn't do it just like you won't. Have you talked to the parents of said brats? That probably won't help much, but sometimes parents aren't aware. Lou's idea of an offering sounds like good advice also. Good luck.
Just to comment on the writing, you made me smile and glad my children are grown. :)

Matter Of Fact Mommy said...

lol @ electrocution & candy denial... little brats! i'm with lceel, as hard and against character it may be, i bet it works.

btw, we used to do that to our neighbors, but the houses were far apart - not a townhouse community, that just seems dumb to do it in a townhouse community, duh - and we used to call it "ding-dong-ditch."

Stacie said...

I would go for the lil shock and then plea you had NO IDEA that your doorbell had gone bad. HMMM.

Stacie said...

PS...doorbell must be going bad due to all the overuse. ;)

WORKING MOM said...

Open the door and CONFRONT! Most kids will be scared shitless. Candy denial will be step two. Step three???? Well, we can have fun with that...