My husband hates battery-powered toys. In our house, this results in very few toys that require batteries actually having batteries in them. In general, I am opposed to extraneous noise. I am also a fan of all the blah-blah junk about children using their imaginations, so this is largely okay with me too. But somethings just work a whole lot better with batteries in them–toy flashlights and electronic keyboards, for example. Mommy also has a greater appreciation for the power of things that can captivate children’s attention because her need for this captivation during the day is far greater than Daddy’s. Therefore, it Axis and Allies around here. I am the Battery Seeker and he is the Battery Hider. My husband claims to have established a central place in the house where batteries are kept so they can be replaced as need be. I have never yet found this place. I can say with assurance that if this “location” does indeed exist, it has to have been moved in the stealth of night on many occasions. I also have strong suspicion that many toys have ceased to work not as a result of the batteries dying, but of the batteries actually being stolen and secretly disposed of. We don’t always have time to wash the dishes or vacuum the floor, but are tireless in the efforts and time we pour into the Battery War. Who’s side are you on??