The story is about a few kids who have crossed the line.

The user posted a story about the time she met her neighbors. She allowed their two teenage boys and 11-year-old girl to come over and use her pool as long as they didn’t abuse their privilege.

But they did. The woman decided to build a fence around her property because of the frequent visits that got so gross.

She began to have second thoughts after her neighbor protested. The user asked if she was the jerk in the conflict.

Continue scrolling to read what she wrote and the conversation I had about disciplining children with a former Editor-in-Chief Talya Stone, who wrote Motherhood: The Real Deal and 40 Now What.

Talya said that appropriate discipline is necessary as children need and thrive on boundaries and will constantly push to find out where they are. “If we don’t put boundaries in place… well, they are going to have a tough time in life later on … Personally, I am in favor of using positive discipline which is focusing on teaching children which behaviors are appropriate/inappropriate and puts an onus on consequences. Needless to say, I am surprised the parents of the said teens didn’t intervene and let the children know that this was no appropriate behavior!”

Discipline and punishment are different according to the mom. Since the latter encourages youngsters to lie and avoid punishment in preference to fending off the conduct you are attempting to prevent, Talya thinks it can be a terrific concept to take a look at how you’re managing the situation and perhaps sit down with the teenagers to training session clear limits and policies and make clear what behavior is predicted of them in addition to the outcomes have to they not stay as much as those expectations. “The children need to be involved in this process so they absolutely understand what the rules are, and what will happen if they don’t stick to them,” she explained.

Discipline should be about educating children on how to carry themselves in these situations. “These are important life skills that will help them deal with the outside world in the future, so they can gel nicely with the big wide world when they get out there as young adults,” Talya added. “Kids making mistakes and taking risks is absolutely normal behavior. As parents, it’s our duty to always teach them what is right and wrong but that should always be done in a warm and loving family environment.”


OP gave more information when the story went public.

A majority of Americans say they only know a few of their neighbors, while less say they know most of them, according to a survey. Americans ages 65 and older are more likely to say they know most of their neighbors. About a quarter of adults under 30 don’t know any of their neighbors, compared with 4% of those 65 and older.

There are slight differences between married couples. Roughly three-in-ten married adults say they know most of their neighbors, compared with about a quarter or fewer of those who are unmarried, living with a partner, divorced, separated, or widowed.

The survey states that having children isn’t related to stronger ties with neighbors. Parents are as likely as non-parents to say they know most of their neighbors.

Mark and Kaylie’s family will become popular in the neighborhood after the word gets out about this story. I don’t think it will bring them any good. At least temporarily. Their kids are going to college.


Here’s how people reacted to the whole unpleasant experience.