If you've been on the internet at all today, chances are you've seen the viral video clip of the BBC Interview Dad who was interrupted by his small children while on a video interview with BBC One.
The general consensus is that it's pretty hilarious, but read the comment sections and apparently BBC Interview Dad is now under keyboard scrutiny all over the world.
He "pushed" his kids away! His kids should have been more important than an interview! His wife (who is apparently also the nanny?) looks so worried! We should be worried for this family! He should have just picked up the kid and moved on! He wasn't wearing pants! She closed the door and it obviously meant something!
Give me a break. Real talk, parents? We have ALL been the BBC Interview Dad.
Maybe you're not one of the BBC's expert on what's happening in South Korea, but you've been the mom (or dad) whose children are perfect angels who play independently and quietly until the phone rings and suddenly MOMMY MOMMY MOOOOOOMMY I NEED A SNACK I NEED A DRINK HE TOOK MY TOY MY TOYS ARE DEAD TO ME AND I NEED YOUR UNDIVIDED ATTENTION RIGHT NOW SO I'M GOING TO HAVE A MELTDOWN.
This is why we don't answer the phone, btw. Can we just text instead? Pretty please?
Any parent who works from home knows the struggle of trying to be productive and balance kids who don't always understand that mommy or daddy can't play right now.
Working from home is awesome and fulfilling and it's cool to not have to wear real pants all the time, but sometimes it's HARD and the guilt is real. It's a fine line, being "there but not there." You're hustling to provide the best for your kids and it's cool that you get to be around them, but it's not always conducive to productivity and concentration.
We've all been the mom whose kid does something unexpected (like interrupt Daddy's BBC Interview).
We've all had that moment of "Oh CRAP!" and bolted across the house or the playground or the groceryto grab our kids and redirect them. I've been BBC Interview Dad's wife on multiple occasions. Keeping the kids out of Daddy's office is no easy task...in case you didn't know, kids are FAST. Like, really fast.
We've also all been judged based on someone else's brief glimpse into our lives, and if we're being really honest, we do it, too.
The stares and whispers of "somebody needs to control their kid" during the inevitable grocery store or restaurant meltdown.
Being judged for how you feed your child, and you can't win no matter what you do.
Insert any parenting choice here, and you get the idea. We've even got fun names for it like "Mommy Wars."
It's natural for us to jump to conclusions based on small amounts of information, but nobody likes to be on the receiving end of that kind of judgment and scrutiny.
This parenting stuff is hard enough without wondering what other people are assuming about us when they don't have the whole picture.
Solidarity, BBC Interview Dad. Solidarity.