When I was a little girl I somehow always had electronic gadgets on my Christmas list. Whether it was a talking doll or my Walkman, if it was the must have item, I had to have it. There was nothing better than waking up on Christmas morning and opening my presents to find the gifts that I told Santa about just weeks before.
After all of our gifts were open, my sister and I went through each and every one to see which we wanted to open and play with first. One year I remember getting the Baby Alive doll. This doll was the one gift on my list that I couldn’t live without. I opened the doll and was ready to play mommy when I noticed that she didn’t work. Not old enough to understand how to fix it, I handed it to my dad who examined the doll only to find the opening in the back where she required batteries. With a grim look on his face, he told me that I was going to have to play with my beloved doll after we took a trip to the store to buy some batteries.
That’s right, my parents didn’t realize that some of our toys needed batteries in order to operate and failed to buy any beforehand. I had to wait until the next day when stores opened back up to play with my baby doll. And the memory has stuck with me ever since.
Now that I have two girls of my own and it’s my job to buy them Christmas gifts every year, I always make sure to have batteries on my list. I check every single one of the boxes of toys to see how many batteries they require and what size. Although not completely traumatic, the memory that I have from my childhood Christmas of not being able to play with my new doll haunts me every single Christmas. I wouldn’t ever want my girls to go through the same thing.
So this holiday season when you are out buying gifts for your children, make sure that you stock up on those Energizer batteries. I usually make a list in my phone of each toy and what size batteries they need so that right before Christmas I run to the store and stock up on everything for Christmas morning. If you don’t know what sizes you need, but a variety of sizes to that you are stocked up and ready for your children’s gadgets.
You might not realize it now, but when your children go to open up their gifts and ask you for batteries, it will completely make their day that you have them out and ready to go!
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