Neighbor kid is annoying

I am getting annoyed with the kid that lives or visits next door he is always over at our house and he is turning out to be more of a nuisance than a friend and today I seen handprints on my car on the passenger window and I am pretty sure it was him, but I am not 100 percent positive but maybe 98 percent positive it was him trying to look inside my vehicle. I don’t want to make a stink about it but I wish he would stay at his house and quit meddling around ours. My mom had to ask what he was doing when she went out in our driveway one day, he was going in between my mom and dad’s vehicle. I don’t like it when he hangs around our house so what should I do ignore it or tell his mom if this keeps up to keep an eye on her son.

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Young kids explore. Let it slide if no harm was done.

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How old is he approximately?

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7 years old I think thats?what he said he was

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A 7 year old is simply curious and playing. I would not worry about it

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I thought that it was going to be like some 18-year-old which would have been kind of weird but a 7-year-old there’s no reason to be concerned.

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Most 7 year olds don’t mean nothing by looking in cars and such he’s still little

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maybe you could find a polite way to express your feelings to his parents? i think thats the best solutions. Repressing it isnt healthy and lashing out at them isnt good…maybe just write them a kind note like,

“hey how are you! hope all is well, wishing you and your family joy and peace! I dont mean to be a bother, but i just had a small concern i wanted to raise. i noticed your son had been going back and forth between our vehicles and i think he may be leaving finger prints on my windows. its not a huge deal but just wondering if you could maybe ask him to stop if it was indeed him.”

maybe send the note with a few chocolate bars to make sure theres not any hard feelings.

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I really think the kid’s parents should raise them not to touch other people’s property. I was raised not to do that, would have never dared as a kid.

I think you could respectfully ask for the kid to avoid touching the car, but you can’t really ask for more than that. It’s a reasonable request though if you ask me.

Also, school is out right now, right? So it should probably stop if not slow down when school starts soon?

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I’d deal with the parents not the kid

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Correct. It is better to leave discipline to the parents of the child.

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@ThePoet’s suggestion was really good. As a parent, I tried to teach my kids to leave others’ vehicles alone. However, we are in townhouses and have a parking lot in the center of our rows of homes. Consequently, other people’s children- children who were not taught to leave vehicles alone- often mess with vehicles, set off alarms, and have even dinged my old SUV with a bike (I assume it was a bike- that’s usually what they are riding around on). If I were in a single family home, having someone hang around my yard would absolutely bother me, kid or not. I don’t like people being nosy, no matter how old they are. So I don’t blame you. I think the best thing to do is the polite letter to the parents.

Just be aware, some parents think their kids can do no wrong. I’ve met the type more than once. :frowning:

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These are all good ideas I Thought of leaving a note?if the hand prints on my car?window?continue I will have to say something or leave a note?for the mom I dont think the father is?around much at least I havent seen him around

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And We meaning my parents and I live in single family home

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Well yeah that’s what I meant, I wouldn’t talk directly to a kid in this day and age!

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I have to agree with both @ThePoet and @shutterbug

I grew up doing all kind of silly stupid things. I wished I was told, explained in a nice way, why not to mingle with other people stuff, so I knew in the future.
Unfortunately is too young for it and none of your business.

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