I am annoyed this week. Let me tell you what is going on and see if you folks have any suggestions for me. My youngest child just turned nine (Happy birthday, big guy!). He asked for one toy for his birthday present, a remote control helicopter. My older son had also been saving his money for one of these snazzy copters so when I went to the store, we purchased two. And…of course…I bought the 6 AA batteries that went with each helicopter. I spent about $10 on the batteries.
The boys were thrilled with their helicopters and spent most of the birthday evening flying them. One of the helicopters shot missiles and the other had a search and rescue hook that would extend down so that the copter could pick up emergency items while flying. The toys really are quite cool and Dad even took them for a few flights. However, by the end of the night, the copters were both flying kind of funny. They wouldn’t go very high and would sometimes stop flying suddenly which caused some major crashes. As it turns out, the batteries were already going dead!
I totally understand that high tech toys require lots of battery power, but good grief! Drained batteries after one evening of playing? Who can afford $10 a day for batteries?
So, what do I do now? Do I limit the amount of time they can play with these helicopters so that we stretch out the battery life? Do I make the boys pay for their own batteries? I need some ideas, folks!