Andie Fox, on her failed toy gun ban:
Since that night I have been either giving up or making well-considered peace with him; I never can tell with my parenting. In my head I played with some of the moratoriums I saw other parents use: no assault rifle toys, but ninja swords and pirate muskets could be historically charming enough to be okay. I also considered the rule some parents have made about not allowing toy guns, but turning a blind eye to sticks and pieces of toast that make pew pew noises.
What was/is verboten in your home? My husband was welcome to pick off squirrels, unsupervised, [...]
She's going to come with a tiny version of The Fountainhead, and she's going to be an asshole. "There is not a person in New York City who should be allowed to live in this dreamhouse," she'll say if you press her back. Also, "If you want my advice, Peter, you've made a mistake already. By asking me. By asking anyone. Never ask dolls. Not about your work. Don't you know what you want? How can you stand it, not to know?" And if you put her in a drawer she'll build something to set herself free, and then hiss at you from the opened drawer, "You know that I [...]
This is Computer Engineer Barbie, or Blogger Barbie, as I'm going to think of her from now on. Blogger Barbie comes with a pink laptop, pink iPhone — an upgrade from the pink brick thing she once had — matching pink watch and glasses, and a very cool blazer/t-shirt combo that has a computer and a handful of flying pink QWERTY keys on it. (I know the first thing I'm taking OFF Blogger Barbie when someone sends me her in the mail as a present, because really she's only $12.99 and to give is often more rewarding than to receive.)