How early is too early for kids to make noise?

I woke up yesterday morning at 6.25am. It wasn’t my alarm, or a phone call, or even my own kids that woke me up.

It was the children next door; they were frolicking in their pool, screaming and screeching and leaping into the water, over and over and over again.

Their pool happens to line up with my bedroom window, so it wasn’t the kind of sound I could sleep through.


And let me tell you, I woke up on the wrong side of the bed as a result!

After all, it was my day for a sleep in. During the school holidays, my better half and I alternate early starts with the kids and sleep ins, and my own restful morning was cruelly cut short, thanks to my neighbour’s kids.

I’m not a happy camper!

I understand that it’s the school holidays, and I understand that kids make noise and play outside in the summer.

But isn’t there some kind of time code we should all abide by?

Like, shouldn’t we keep our kids and their inevitable noise and racket inside our own four walls for the waking hours of the day, before unleashing them onto the neighbourhood at a more reasonable hour – say, around 8am?

We don’t know our neighbours very well and I don’t want to set our relationship off on the wrong foot by complaining to them about their kids.

When I look ahead over the next four weeks, however, I’m a little weary. I’m the type of person who treasures my sleep and when I don’t get enough of it, I’m slightly (very) unbearable to be around.

This morning, they started in the pool at the more respectable hour of 7.30, which I can live with.

But if they start splashing about in the 6’s again, I think I’m going to have to say something.

What do you think? Is 6.30am too early to be woken up – or am I being a total Grinch, and I should suck it up and accept that it is an acceptable time for the neighbourhood noise to kick into full gear?