I need some good help from a Catholic perspective for a sticky situation. We just moved into a new home. Every night, the weather cools down, and we sleep with the windows open. My fourth-grade son’s window is close to our next door neighbors’ home. The couple has two children, including a boy my son’s age, but they very much keep to themselves - they’ve never introduced themselves and avoid us when we see them outside.
Many times, late at night, they’ll be out in the garage with the door open or in their driveway and fighting loudly. I’ve even heard the mother say horrible, berating things to her young son like, “You’re so #$#%%ing annoying!!”
My son deserves a good night’s sleep and shouldn’t have to hear these horrible arguments.
I’m just not sure how to handle it. I don’t want to get off to a bad start with these neighbors. I’m not saying this just to be a people-pleaser; they really don’t seem like the kind of people that I want to make angry. So a direct conversation could be dicey. There’s no real way to tell them anonymously that I know of - leaving a note would out us, at least as suspects, and more and more people in my neighborhood have doorcams or cameras on their porches. Closing the windows to run the A/C all night seems just wasteful and expensive.
Apart from the obvious need for prayer, what is a firm, wise, and charitable way to handle this situation?