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How Chronic Migraines Changed How I Live and Parent

Recently, I got an article published on GrokNation’s site.   Please read all about it here!

http://groknation.com/parenting/living-chronic-migraine-pain-changed-live-parent/

Stop Your Children From Ordering From Amazon Through Alexa! (Prevent a Possible Future Migraine in the Meantime!)

So, we have had an Amazon Dot for nearly a year now.  I primarily use it to play music, ask it the weather and the news, very rarely do I order something from it.   My soon to be 5 year old daughter uses it to play Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer every month of the year.  She also asks her the weather and to asks her to tell her jokes.

Today she was watching Spookley the Square Pumpkin.  It’s a story about a square pumpkin that gets teased and taunted by the other pumpkins but in the end he’s the true winner! The pumpkins are competing for a Candy Corn Crown.   It’s a cute story the first or second time you watch it, but after about 15 times you tune it out and try to go to your parenting “Happy Place”!  LOL!

Today I was otherwise occupied in the bathroom, when I heard my daughter go to the Amazon Dot and say, Alexa, Candy Corn.   Alexa politely came back with, “Brach’s Candy Corn two count.  Would you like me to order this?”   My daughter said “Yes” and then next thing I hear Alexa say is, “Your order has been placed, you will receive your Candy Corn on Sunday”.

My first thought was, I gotta shut that off!  I unplugged the machine until I shut that function off.   I should have shut it off to begin with, but it was never an issue before and luckily this instance is only going to cost me a little over $6.99!

So, here’s how you shut that off!!!

Go into your Alexa App on your phone.   Look for the three lines in the left corner and click on them.  It will bring up this screen.  Scroll down and look for Settings and click on it.

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That will bring up this screen, scroll down and look for “Voice Purchasing”

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You will then see this screen below.  You can either shut off voice purchasing or make it so that you have a 4 digit code.  I’m just shutting it off, because I rarely use it and my daughter has an excellent memory and will remember that passcode faster than a grown up word she should not be saying!

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Blue on Purchase by voice shows it’s enabled.  click the button to gray it out and save changes.  If you want to require a 4 digit code, leave voice purchasing on, but enter a 4 digit code and then click save changes.

Then you are done.  No more Candy Corn, Barbie Dolls and or Doll Houses coming to your house!!!!

 

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