Parenthood
Mom gets evicted because her young child screamed too much
In an incredibly stressful and difficult ordeal, a mother from the UK faced eviction because her child never seemed to stop screaming.
Luis Gaskell
09.02.22

Reddit is the place to go if you want to hear about what’s happening to other people – whether the content is exciting, mysterious, infuriating, or something else.

If you want to hear what other parents across the world are dealing with, then the r/parenting subreddit is where you should look. This post from last year got some attention, and it wouldn’t hurt to revisit it

A mother went on Reddit to share her troubles over being evicted, all because of the noise her 18-month-old was making.

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In an incredibly stressful and difficult ordeal, a mother from the UK faced the threat of eviction because her child never seemed to stop screaming. She wrote several paragraphs on Reddit about it and it’s worth a read.

She starts by saying that her child’s screaming is “high-pitched” and “blood-curdling”. Definitely not a typical tantrum scream, that’s for sure.

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But while a noisy child isn’t a problem for people in their own households, this mom didn’t have such a luxury. She was only renting the living space here, and we know that noise doesn’t sit well with landlords or other tenants.

And this child was inconsolable – if only mom knew what was bothering her. According to her post, screaming wasn’t the end of it. The child would also throw herself around and act “like a possessed ferret”.

The screaming goes on from night till early morning, and the neighbors have lost their patience with it.

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The mother has nearly given up too, but she’s holding on for her child’s sake.

” I don’t know what to do anymore, it’s just the two of us and I have no breaks, it’s just a constant migraine and I just want to run away at this point I can’t take anymore.”

She’s ruled out hunger as a cause, and the girl is also violent on occasion.

Mother here says that the child has scratched her eyes a few times.

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Their landlord is also one of their neighbors, and works as a teacher herself.

So mother here says she empathizes with the landlord’s potential frustration – she does need to rest at night to maintain her energy for work.

They gave her the 4-month notice before the end of her lease, so this mom really has to find a new place to live before then.

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But what could have been the reason behind her child’s screaming? Well, the comments seem to be onto something.

That screaming definitely isn’t normal, many comments said.

One person mentioned their sister screaming similarly at that age due to an ear infection.

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Ear infections or toothaches can indeed be a nightmare for very young children to deal with. I know I cried a lot over tooth decay as a kid.

And another intriguing possibility they raised: perhaps the girl is autistic and suffering from sensory overload.

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Either way, the comments collectively urged the OP to go get a diagnosis for the daughter ASAP. While it might’ve been too late to do something about the eviction, it wasn’t too late to diagnose what her daughter might be going through.

I certainly hope they got an answer eventually, and that they found a new home without much trouble.

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Now, was it fair for the landlord to evict them over such a thing? And what do you suspect was causing the daughter such distress?

They’re not questions that are easily answered, but they’re definitely worth asking.

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By Luis Gaskell
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Luis Gaskell is a contributor at SBLY Media.
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