For those of you living above other tenants, how do you do it? How much do you limit your kids activities in the apartment? What would you consider acceptable play behaviour from toddlers in an apartment? Have you had problems with neighbors complaining?
We have a two year old, a nine month old and my 6 year old stepson lives with us half the week. We are currently apartment hunting, and having a very hard time finding a first floor apartment with no tenants below. In our last apartment we lived on the third floor and had to move because the neighbor below us constantly complained about my then one year old son. We put down rugs and limited our kids to the point where they pointed out that people running on tv were being too loud, but he still complained of constant noise.
Recently we saw an apartment that would be perfect for us, elevator, across the street from a beach, lake views, spacious and very cheap, but with tenants below. We don't let our kids run around crazy in the house, but we also don't want to keep them from normal play. I know there are other people who are successful at living with kids in apartment. We would love for this apartment to work for us and are wondering if our last neighbor was just grouchy or if that is pretty typical.
Any advice greatly appreciated!