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Thursday Flakes: Sleep Training, Flash Mobs, Puffer Fish Helmets

Do you let your kids cry it out?

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Two weeks ago, I binge-watched all 20 episodes of ‘Old Enough’ on Netflix. It’s a popular Japanese reality show, which a family sends their kid aged 2-6 on their first errands ever. This could be going to the fish market, grocery store, gas station or bringing something to another family member. Sometimes the kids jump right into and don’t need any help or encourage to complete their task. Other kids need a bit of pushing and extra pressure from their parents (which can be cringy) in order to complete their task. Most episodes are between 10-15 minutes long and they are very cute and entertaining.

It definitely toes the line of whether or not this is good for your child. It really depends on the kid but I don’t think I would sending them out on errands at that young of an age. What about you? Which age are you comfortable with sending out your kid to do an errand or small task?

Have you watched ‘Old Enough’ on Netflix? Have you been to Oktoberfest? Have you ever participated in a flash mob? Would you let your baby cry it out? Sound off in the comment section below. Anyways...onto Flakes.


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The Rest

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Last But Not Least

What a nice day that turned out to be for these guys.