Potty Training With Alexa
My daughter-in-law is a genius! Well, she and Alexa are geniuses!
My son and daughter-in-law received an Amazon Echo as a gift from her sister this past Christmas. Alexa played music for them on command and everyone was happy. Little did she know what lay in store…
One of my grandsons, Harrison, hit the ripe old age of two and showed some interest in potty-training. “Hey Alexa, can you help me out with potty training?” Okay, it didn’t go quite like that.
My daughter-in-law programmed Alexa to remind Harrison to go to the bathroom every half-hour during the day. Did I mention that she’s a genius?!?
Picture this: life is going along, the lullaby of music in the background, children playing together, utter bliss. The music stops momentarily for a brief message, “Harrison, it’s time to go to the potty, please.”
Problem solved, right? Well, kinda. It turns out that Harrison now gets into negotiations with Alexa over her suggestion to ‘go to the potty’.
Sometimes, he’s just outright too busy to do his duty. It goes something like this:
“Harrison, it’s time to go to the potty, please,” Alexa loving tries to coax Harrison.
And with that, he returns to being a two-year-old, chancing an eventual biological catastrophe and change of clothes.
I’m not sure whether to laugh or to have a discussion with him about talking to adults this way (is she considered an adult?). Either way, the idea is truly genius.
Just to show off, my daughter-in-law went all ninja and set another timer for bedtime to remind the boys to go and brush their teeth for bed. Okay, I won’t mention that she’s a genius (although I just did).
Just don’t tell my wife. The last thing I need during the day is a list of chores rattled off at me by a sexy robot voice—or don’t I?
Also published on Medium.