With most parents working from home with their families, kids’ interruptions on video calls are pretty much expected—even for those on TV. Move over BBC Dad, make room for MSNBC Parent.
In a July 26 live interview on MSNBC, American-Russian journalist Masha Gessen, who identifies as nonbinary, had a few unsolicited guests. As Masha discusses President Trump’s likeliness of accepting the 2020 election results, we see their dog saunter into the shot, followed by their son, and finally their older daughter. The girl hilariously pulls her brother out of the shot similarly to how the mom in the infamous BBC Dad interview grabs her little ones.
Even though Masha’s kids are a little bit older, the interruptions never seem to end. Our favorite part of the video? How Masha handles the situation with absolute grace—by not even acknowledging the disturbance.
Oh, how we wish we could handle this situation with such poise.
Now that our living rooms have become offices, daycares, summer camps, kennels, schools and more, it’s hard not to feel constant guilt about the interruptions on our end. But thanks to superstar parents like Masha and employers who get it, maybe we’ll learn how to stop apologizing for being working moms.
Regardless, our colleagues are going to have to get used to it. As of right now, it looks like we’ll be working from home with our kids for the long haul. If you haven’t had a few interruptions by now, it’s all in due time, Mama.