This BBC Interview is Every Work-From-Home Parent’s Worst Nightmare

Screenshot from BBC

Sure, we love the idea of working from home, but sometimes distractions pop up…

Like tiny humans.

Robert Kelly, a professor at Pusan National University, recently became a victim of a live work-from-home mishap in front of the world (or whoever was watching his recent BBC World News interview).

Oh, the Perils of Working From Home… Demonstrated on BBC News

BBC World News secured Kelly for a virtual interview to speak about the impeachment of South Korean President Park Geun-hye.

Clad in his sharp suit and tie (you never know what work-from-homers wear underneath the desk…), he talks seriously about the South Korea impeachment. His office looks pretty professional, with a big world map in the background (so professor-like).

Then enters… the kid.

Sporting a vibrant yellow shirt, a toddler dances into the frame. The camera cuts back to the BBC reporter on the other side of the screen… Perhaps the kid will saunter out?

Nope. Right up to the desk. Hi.

Kelly tries to shake it off, but… in strolls a baby in a walker.

Not too far behind? The child-tamer, who ducks down and wrangles the kids out of the room.

To her credit, she tries to be graceful about the whole thing, but it doesn’t work. You can hear the kids crying from behind the now-shut door.

Kudos to Kelly, though, who apologizes, shuts his eyes, regroups and continues to talk about the South Korea situation.

But not before you see the child-tamer crawl in one last time to shut the door.

The BBC newsroom broke out in fits of laughter, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

Watch it unfold here. (Let’s be honest. I’ve watched this like 10 times now.)

A huge shoutout goes out to Kelly. We commend you for powering through that interview.

Suffer from Work-From-Home Distractions, Too? Use These Resources

For all its benefits, working from home has its downsides, too — like distractions.

Here are a few resources to get you back on the right track:

  • Consider securing a co-working space. This might become your slice of heaven. Sure, there’s a monthly fee, but some companies will help pay for it. Plus: There are private rooms you can use… for video interviews.
  • If you don’t want to drop a monthly fee, we found some free productivity tools to help you maintain focus while working from home.

Your Turn: Do you have any tips to help avoid distractions while working from home? Please share!

Carson Kohler (@CarsonKohler) is a junior writer at The Penny Hoarder. Her cats once broke out in a fight while she was being interviewed for a job through Skype. It was totally embarrassing.

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