1. Establish boundaries and routines with your neighbors first.
This sounds obvious, but in the busyness of life, simple things can be forgotten or taken for granted. Ask your neighbors what they would want your children to do if a ball goes into their yard. May your child walk into their yard and retrieve it, or would your neighbor prefer a knock on the door first? Are there any special considerations? Does your neighbor work at night, and would he appreciate quiet right outside his bedroom window
during the day? Asking simple questions like these will show you care about and respect your neighbor's wishes and needs.2. Teach your children literal boundaries.
When they are quite young, explain where your property ends and where your neighbors properties' begin. Explain to your kids
what you and the neighbors discussed for ball retrieval or anything else. This is especially important if your neighbors have animals. 3. Explain figurative boundaries.
Your child may be entirely on your own property but yelling his or her sweet head off. Although you may be able to tune this out entirely, your neighbor cannot. Kids shouldn't need to skulk around whispering, but a basic understanding of other people's needs will serve your child forever.