with author Jackie Morgan MacDougall
toys that send parents over the edge
How many parents have encountered that toy, the one your child just had to have but required blood, sweat and tears just to get it out of the box's death grip, never mind put it together. Our Friend of Ricki over at Gen X Daddy wrote a hilarious post about one of those toys—an Ultimate Optimus Prime his son received last week—and how he had to pull an all-nighter just to get the darn thing built. He writes... "10 hours later (no joke, 7:23am), I finally had Optimus Prime in his truck form. I handed him back to Justin and informed him that Optimus no longer wanted to be a robot. He only wanted to be a truck and he hoped that Justin understood his wishes and refrained from trying to change him back again."
It reminds me of a Christmas way back when I begged Santa for a Barbie camper. I didn't find out until years later that I almost caused my parents a nervous breakdown. That RV kept them up all night applying stickers and making sure every last tiny piece was in its place. Of course I had no clue the sacrifices they made for their kids back then... but I'm sure I'll certainly pay it back as a parent myself.
Is there a toy that sends you over the edge? Sound off in the comments!