While visiting my son’s family, I became gravely concerned when I noticed how rude and demanding my grandchildren were when speaking to Alexa. “ALEXA BARK LIKE A DOG! ALEXA LOUDER! ALEXA STOP!” Even the baby would grunt at Alexa. So, I decided to create my own version of Alexa.
The Etiquette Au pair. It would be a hands-free speaker activated device that would reinforce speaking with good manners. Au pair would be more than just a virtual assistant… a virtual parent designed to teach your child etiquette and respect. If your child demands, “Au pair, tell me a joke!” Au pair would kindly ask “Did you mean please tell me a joke.” It would address rudeness, “Au pair, my granny is fat!” Au pair would reply, “That was rude, people come in all types of shapes and sizes.”
There could be many other perks as well. Au pair would assist with homework, give reminders of showers, timeD teeth brushing, and even read bed times stories. It would put a stop to sibling rivalry, “Remember friends will come and go, but family is forever.” A fun feature could be instead of coming with preprogramed Jeopardy, Au pair is preprogramed with “Mother May I?”
Au pair would control smart devices such as security cameras “Ah ah you already had two cookies!” Or “You only have ten more minutes of time-out and then your iPad will turn back on”. Au pair would even follow your children from toddlerdom to adolescence, “If you are going to sneak out this evening, I will need to activate the alarm.”
Au pair would replace face-to-face interaction that was a part of our generation’s nurturing and growth. Hmm, I might have to run this past Alexa, but first may I please be excused from the table? My grandkids, for you I blog…for you…I find humor!