Thursday, November 5, 2009

My yard is a tweenage hangout.

So I've got a small gaggle of tweenagers that like to hang out in my yard. What is so special about my yard?

They climb my fence,

stand on it-- I've also caught them down in my window wells. What the? Why?
Backpacks and jackets often get left behind.
Somebody lives here, people!

Oh, and then there's Romeo & Juliet here. Ryan & Kelly. Ross & Rachel. Padme & Anakin. With the totally uncomfortable public displays of affection.

I usually find them in the makeout position in my side yard.

Dudes, you're too young. Move along, now.

So it's annoying. Yet I don't want to make a big deal out of nothing. I'd love to tell them to find another roost, but then again I don't want to be the weekend egging victim, either. Suggestions and opinions are much appreciated.

9 comments:

WhettenWild said...

Are these the same kids that were in your window well? MOVE ALONG kids.......or I'm sending these make out pics to your parents. LOL!

Dara said...

When we lived there we had a Rottie and a Pit that we would let out...That must have kept them movin along because we never had anyone in the window wells nor did I ever catch them hanging on the wall or making out. They must have saved it all for your enjoyment!

Renee said...

Ewwwwwwww, skinny pants! Bleh!

dena4kids said...

Yeah that is why I live out in the country.I hate people.(OK that sounds like Nathan, huh.) His solution is to spray them with the water hose.=) Good Luck!

arianne said...

looks like I need to give you some names of some friends that are hoping to adopt to give to these teens! :)

what school do you live by anyway??

Ryan and Rachel said...

Find a window that you can launch water balloons from without being seen! Make it an FHE activity! :) The boys will LOVE it!

Yorgason said...

lol i agree with the water ballons that would be hilarious i say lets do it we need to have another get together i want to come see your cute house...and happy birthday day thursday...i hope you get to do something fun...

Janelle Bartlome said...

Ok, cross the street and take more pictures. (You don't want to incriminate yourself.) Them print the pictures and tape them to your fence and wall. That should be a big hint.

Violet Fiori said...

Get cozy, Mandi! This is going to be long and drawn out. OK, go outside EVERY time those kids show up, or better yet, before they get there. Re: Face-suckers- Start doing yard work or SOMETHING by them and make sure to make your presence known. If need be, stare at them or better yet, interrupt them introduce yourself and shake their hands, get THEIR names and start a conversation. They're there because they feel like they can get some privacy, once that's taken away then they should also go away. Re: Wall-climbers and general hanger-outters- go outside and say hi. Introduce yourself and be SUPER nice & friendly. Shake hands with each kid there and make sure to get their names. The next time you see them, be friendly and start a conversation again, this time, though, tell them about the vandalism but in a way that points the blame at some unknown "punks." During the same conversation, ask them to "do you a favor and help you" (use those exact words)keep an eye out for anyone causing property damage or climbing on your wall. Tell them how either of those things effects your house/finances. Make them feel important and tell them how much you appreciate their help. The point of all this is to enlist their help and make them your allies rather than your enemies. Once these kids know you personally and that your a cool lady, they *should (usually, anyway) feel a sense of responsibility to help you. Although spraying them with water or tossing water balloons was my first reaction too, a more the Machiavellian approach will get you farther in the end. You'll also avoid further vandalism, TPing and eggs on your windows. The cherry on top? The kids KNOW you know their names and you can tell their parents if you catch them doing anything they shouldn't be doing.