This Mom Lost Her Job for Trying to Be the BBC Dad


When I watched the now infamous, super viral video of the BBC dad, a professor named Robert E. Kelly, who tried to conduct a super serious interview discussing North Korea on live TV with BBC News, I was one of the few handful of people in the entire world who chuckled — but was also mildly annoyed.

Not because I didn’t totally relate to the BBC dad and his 1) clear look of panic that crossed his face when his toddler barged in with the swagger that will live in infamy 2) complete determination to deny that this was actually happening 3) attempt to stay cool and tell himself his arm would clearly distract the entire world from seeing what was happening to his eventual 4) giving up and going with it with a slight smile on his face and the apology of every tired parent everywhere.

No, it was because I related too much to his plight and moreover, I wondered if the video would have been as funny if a mom had went through the same thing. Would the world have thought it was so adorable if a mom tried to bar her toddler with her arm? Would they have laughed and said she was doing her best? We’ll never know, but one mom who lost her job says she knows exactly how different moms are treated when work and kids blend so clearly.

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Read what she had to say about what happened when her kids interrupted her while working.

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Chaunie Brusie

Chaunie Brusie is a freelance writer, former magazine editor, author, mom of four, and a registered nurse with experience in OB, long-term and step-down care.


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