I have been struggling for weeks now with how to handle my next-door neighbor. He is a single father who has shared custody of his children ages 3 and 5.
Most of the time when they visit I can hear through the thin walls their crying and his screaming and his threatening them with spankings. To say this is unsettling is an understatement.
I talked with a couple of people that I am close with. I asked them what they would do if they were in my position. A few said they would talk with the father. One said it was none of my business. Another one said they would leave a note of concern.
Tonight I walked over to his condo and knocked on the door. My intention was to remind him that the walls were thin. I thought perhaps he would take the hint and cool his jets.
Instead he turned off the patio and downstairs lights and ignored my knocking. After a couple of minutes I came back home.
I am concerned for his children. The constant yelling and threatening has to be horrible for all concerned.
I really don’t know what is the right thing. I don’t want to make the situation worse. I do know however that doing nothing is not an option.