My oldest kid is 12 and he has never run an errand for me. To be fair, we live in a small, rural town where the closest store is five miles away.
But even if we lived close enough to a store for him to ride his bike or walk along a road, I’m not so sure I’d feel ok about him being alone out in public.
Am I being overprotective? Maybe.
That fear of your child being out there without an adult is the dramatic axel that drives the curiosity around a new Netflix show called Old Enough!
It is billed as the “most wholesome show that you’ve ever seen,” as it follows kids as young as two (YES, LITERALLY TWO) who are tasked with walking through a busy city, a mile or more, to pick up items at a store for mom and dad.
The show has been airing in Japan for decades but is just now making its way to an American audience where parenting styles are vastly different.
I cannot ever see myself being the kind of parent who could let a toddler cross a busy street to buy flowers and curry.
But that is exactly what happens in the trailer, which you can watch here:
Old Enough is the most wholesome show you’ve ever seen — in this unscripted series, Japanese toddlers (ages 2-5) are sent on simple errands to help their parents and the results are just so pure.
20 episodes are now on Netflix. pic.twitter.com/WpzopRA8ct
— Netflix (@netflix) April 11, 2022
We started to wonder who would allow their kids, under the age of ten years old, to run an errand for them? So we asked.
Here are a few of the many responses we received over Instagram and via our messages.
Please note that all comments were edited for spelling and grammar.
Some parents said that they *might* but it would depend on circumstances.
@momcavetv wrote, “I definitely would depending on the situation. It’s a good way to give them a little independence and teach responsibility.”
@tavarezamy wrote, “It would depend on what it was and where he had to go. If it’s the current city I’m in, I don’t even feel safe running errands. Small town, yes.”
And @mandalabunny wrote, “I’d let them go in the store alone while I sat outside in the car but not walk somewhere alone. It’s too busy where I live, maybe if I lived in a different area? It’s hard to say because my kid is 2 so she isn’t going anywhere alone right now, lol.”
For some parents, being under the age of 10 was a non-negotiable.
But, once a little bit older or even walking with friends seemed to change their mind.
I would place myself in this camp, if my tween had friends to walk or bike with, and they had phones on them so I could keep in touch, then I too would be cool with him running an errand.