Why Busy Mums Need Alexa In Their Lives

We have a new addition to the family! For Christmas, I bought the husband an Amazon Echo Dot, and since then we’ve been firing all sorts of questions at Alexa.

Originally I wasn’t convinced when my husband told me Alexa can turn the lights on and off, turn the lights different colours, control the heating etc. I thought it would be a 5-minute wonder and a waste of money, but I actually really like it. We even used some Christmas vouchers to buy the slightly bigger Amazon Echo for upstairs so we’re now all kitted out.

Here’s why all mums need Alexa in their lives…

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Multi-tasking

Something all of us mums are good at whether we like it or not. Alexa comes in really handy when you’re in the middle of something and need to ask a question. It’s quicker than going to find your phone to Google it and very handy if you have your hands in the washing up bowl or cooking dinner.

I regularly ask Alexa to set a timer to remind me when to take dinner out of the oven (I still have no idea how to set the timer on the oven!) or asking what the weather will be like today while I’m in the middle of straightening my hair!

Saving Time

As well as saving time Googling things Alexa can help save time in the mornings. You can ask if there’s any traffic on your route to work or which would be the quickest route to take. You can set timers for the kids to encourage them to get dressed on time or brush their teeth for long enough.

I also regularly shout “Alexa turn all lights off” to avoid running back upstairs as I’m heading out the door, as my family seem to love leaving every light in the house on of a morning.

Answering Difficult Questions

Apparently, mums field an average of 288 questions a day. It’s one of the most tiring parts of being a parent if you ask me, especially when you’ve been at work all day and your brain is a bit fried. Step in Alexa! If you’re sick of answering questions or simply just don’t know the answers just get Alexa to do it for you. Get the kids to ask Alexa themselves which leads into my next point…

The best babysitter!

If your kids are moaning they’re bored and you’re trying to cook dinner or tidy up, send them to use the Amazon Echo! Alexa can play games (say “Alexa can we play a game?”), tell jokes (say “Alexa tell me a joke”) and play songs (say “Alexa play Shake it off”). She can even tell a story but be warned this one goes on and on!

Entertainment

Kids can spend a lot of time being entertained by Alexa, and it can result in some funny answers. It’s kept the husband and I entertained when Little H isn’t even around!

If you’ve just got an Amazon Echo or Echo Dot try asking some of these questions, I won’t spoil the answers for you…

  • “Alexa – Wingardium Leviosa”
  • “Alexa – can you rap?”
  • “Alexa – can we play would you rather?”
  • “Alexa – who loves orange soda?”
  • “Alexa – may the force be with you”
  • “Alexa – where do babies come from?”
  • “Alexa – how can I get rid of a dead body?”
  • “Alexa – see ya later alligator”
  • “Alexa -are we in the Matrix?”
  • “Alexa – what’s the first rule of fight club?”
  • “Alexa – I want the truth”
  • “Alexa – what does the fox say?”
  • “Alexa – how many pickled peppers did Peter Piper pick?”
  • “Alexa – rock, paper, scissors”
  • “Alexa – who you gonna call?”

I also asked my fellow mummy bloggers what funny things their kids have asked Alexa…

Cassie, Mummy on a budget – “Alexa can you speak like Yoda?” – Her reply is brilliant!

Kate, Confessions of a new mummy – When we first got it, my two constantly asked it to fart or burp and would laugh hysterically when she did. Kids humour at its best!

Lynsey, Mum, that’s me! – My 6-year-old asks her to sneeze, burp and to sing happy birthday!

Maria, Happy Mummy – My very nearly 4-year-old asked her ‘Alexa do you work for Santa?’ She replied ‘no, I work for Amazon!’ We got the Echo for Christmas so I’m guessing that was Lily’s logic of Alexa working for Santa

Debbie – My Boys Club – My boys got it to make lots of funny animal noises – the walrus was the best.

Emma – The Money Whisperer – OMG, she sings the same song every time when they just ask her to ‘sing a song’.  ‘My circuits are fused, I’m feeling confused, why oh why oh why oh why…’ on… and on… and on… it’s annoyingly catchy!!

Hannah – Hi Baby Blog – Luisa is 2.5 and when she’s cross with us she says ‘LEXA ring Ken’ (Ken is her grandad)

Rebecca – Wishes & Wellies – Flynn asked Alexa to buy him a tractor. It started to give options!

Layla – Motherhood Diaries – On a playdate afternoon, one of my boys’ classmates asked Alexa to play musical bumps and they played for a good while thanks to the very engaging man’s voice playing jokes and encouraging the kids to ‘keep still’!

Coral – Way too much luggage – My youngest daughter sang ‘Alexa, do you want to build a snowman ?’ and she replied sorry I didn’t bring my gloves!

I have to admit we tried all of these suggestions!

If you are looking for a virtual assistant we really recommend the Amazon Echo or Amazon Echo Dot. If you do get one, let me know what funny things Alexa says!

Sarah

 

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9 thoughts on “Why Busy Mums Need Alexa In Their Lives

  1. Jennifer says:

    Haha I love this! I’m still trying to think of ways to use Alexa. I ask her to play music a lot, tell me the weather and top news. We currently do not have connected lights or thermostat so we can’t use her for that yet. My 2.5 year old little girl does love to ask her to play the ABC song, the Chicken Dance, and to Moo like a cow and talk like a cat! ?

  2. Katie Halsall says:

    I mean I’m not a busy mum, but I honestly keep debating on getting Alexa and this just makes me want one even more! I would probably end up asking it to say daft things too haha.

  3. Kate (@Newmummykate) says:

    I’ve totally bookmarked this to try some of the suggestions! We have ours linked to the lights and our kettle, perfect for solving those petty whose turn is it to get up and put the kettle arguments (and incredibly lazy, admittedly!). Thanks for sharing!

  4. Laura (@dearbearandbean) says:

    My husband didn’t want anything for christmas and I was struggling for ideas. I decided to get him the Echo and I’m so pleased I did. He loves it and so do I. One of my favourite things is it keeps my shopping list for me. Those moments I remember I need to order something and can’t write it down, Alexa now remembers them all for me! Thank you for joining us at #SharingtheBlogLove

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