How do you know when your daughter has watched too many Barbie movies?
(Real answer: When you know she has watched at least one...)
Here's how I knew.
A broken toy, a request to fix it. Knowing the toy was beyond repair, I answered that I couldn't fix it.
M. looked at me and said, "Did you try to fix it?"
"Yes," I said (lying - it was completely beyond help). "I tried, but I couldn't fix it."
M. looked at me earnestly. "You can Mum, " she said. "You just have to try. And believe in yourself!"
"Well, " I said, "sometimes, there are just some things you can't do, even if you really believe in yourself!"