If you're a parent who works from home—whether due to the pandemic or not—then you're probably fairly familiar with nonstop child interruptions. Especially if you work irregular hours, like New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern.
Proving that no job is too important for a toddler to crash, Ardern's three-year-old daughter interrupted her mom during a livestream update on Monday night.
During the livestream Ardern—who has been internationally praised for her actionable and effective response to the pandemic—was giving the citizens of New Zealand an update on changing Covid restrictions when viewers were privy to off-camera shouts for "Mummy."
Little Neve Ardern Gayford had exactly zero cares to give when she climbed out of bed and insisted her mother tend to her, prime minister duties be darned.
"You're meant to be in bed, darling," Ardern told her daughter while sheepishly laughing. "Pop back to bed, I'll come and see you in a second."
Listen, anyone with a toddler knows that no toddler on earth truly believes that any sort of bedtime rules or routines actually apply to them. Toddlers do not abide by the laws of bedtime.
“Sorry, everybody,” Ardern said as she turned back to address her entire country. Laughing off the interruption and instantly becoming relatable to parents everywhere, Ardern stated: "Well, that was a bedtime fail, wasn't it?"
Many work-from-home parents rely on bedtime to get work done—during my freelance days a few years ago, those were the only hours of peace and quiet I had with my own toddler at home.
It's almost as if our children sense that we have important things to do, particularly at night, and when that sixth sense is triggered, well, godspeed.
“Does anyone else have kids escape like three, four times after bedtime?” Ardern asked during the livestream. Fortunately for her (and the people of New Zealand), Grandma was there to save the day (er, night).
Near the end of the broadcast, little Neve could be heard again—and this time, she was growing impatient.
“I'm sorry darling it is taking so long,” Ardern said before wrapping up the livestream.
A Prime Minister might be the boss of their country, but they're not the boss of their household when a toddler lives there.