… it’s not nearly as bad as when the toys go out. Trust me on this.
It was shortly after Ryder’s first birthday, which was incredibly almost six years ago (have you been following my blog for that long?). My husband and I, anticipating the influx of toys that would be bestowed upon him, stocked up on batteries just in case they were not included with the gift.
We thought we’d be incredibly clever and purchase the generic brand.
So, the toys rolled in as predicted, and Ryder wanted to get his hands on every single one right away. Since he was a single child and I had much more patience than I do now, I indulged him – ripping open the packages and setting up the robots, cars, playsets and more with the generic batteries we had purchased the day before.
Problem is, we underestimated how long a 1-year old could play with new toys. Hand on heart, the kid kept every single thing going at full blast for days on end… until seemingly en masse, all the toys gave out.
After about one week.
On a day which happened to be a national holiday.
So the stores were closed.
And we couldn’t purchase new batteries.
Can you picture the epic meltdown my toddler had? Because I still can.
We learned three very valuable lessons that day. First, set limits. There’s a difference between indulging and spoiling your kids. The boys now get to open one (maybe two) toys that they receive on special occasions, and the rest are set aside as rewards throughout the year. Second, always have extra batteries on hand, because you never know when you’ll need them. In this case, it was for toys – but it could have been for a flashlight, or another item for emergency use.
And most importantly? ALWAYS purchase quality, long-lasting batteries.
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