My son has just turned 6 and is not very careful with his DS. Despite being told not to go outside he snuck out with his DS and dropped it. The slot one cover and the flash cart shot out from the unit. He managed to grab the DS and the slot one cover but the dog snatched the flashcart and chewed it to pieces. I have warned him many times not to go outside with his DS, yet he continues to do it. He says he likes to play it while lying on the trampoline or sitting up on his climbing frame. I had negotiated that he could take it out side as long as he used the carry case and did not walk around with it. This lasted about 30 seconds, until he started sliding down the slide and running around with the dog, DS in hand. I warned him again that if he drops it and the dog grabs it then he will have no DS and I can't afford another one. This chat only lasted about a day or so, so I had to again ban the DS from outside play. So after a little anger and a lot of what probably came across as blah, blah, blah, we thankfully still have a functioning DS. The flash cart is mangled and the SD is cracked and won't read. He tried to brush the incident off with a little bravado but, become quite upset when I told him he has probably lost all of his save games including all of his precious pokemon. This is actually a lie as I have a back up of the card that is only a day or two old. But before everyone calls me a brute for lying, I had to drum home the point somehow. What should I do now? Ban him from the DS for a week or so and see if he learns his lesson. This will probably kill me as well. The DS is often a handy distraction for a hyperactive kid placed in a boring situation. Give him the old R4 with out of date firmware and old games. Let him save up for a new flashcart. This will probably take him a month or more. Hope that the rants and blah, blah, blah, have sunk in this time. Give him my new Acekard with his restored games and saves. Make up some bullshit about managing to get the data from the old card. Then go to ShopTemp and buy myself a DSONEi. Just kidding bout kicking the dog.