Thursday, 02 April, 2020

Viral BBC Dad returns with his children to speak working from home

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Deanna Wagner | 27 March, 2020, 05:09

If for some reason you've been living under a rock for the past few years, Professor Robert E. Kelly is an expert on South Korean geopolitics who had a very serious interview with the BBC interrupted in his home office by his two kids and their frantic mother trying to keep them off the webcam.

Kelly was joined by his children (on objective this time) for the interview. "It is very hard to stay in the house for a long time", said Kim.

Kelly, his partner Jung- a Kim, child Marion as well as boy James went back to BBC News for an additional online meeting today as well as his youngsters determined to take the limelight once more with their adorable shenanigans (over).

At one point, Kelly tried to apologise for his children disrupting his flow. "That's one thing you can never apologize for now". "It's part of the scene".

The family lives in South Korea and Kelly has been working from home for the past two weeks.

"It has been hard for us, I mean, as you can see, it is very hard", said Kelly as her children tried to distract him.

"They've got nothing to do, they're climbing the walls".

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Professor Kelly admits working from home with kids could be "really, really tough". "There are only so many games you can play and puzzles you can do before they just kind of run around".

He added that he thinks people in South Korea, where the Kelly family lives, are dealing with isolation well and are following the government's advice. The country is over 9,000 cases, but its rate of infection has not increased exponentially - as it has done in parts of Europe and the USA - thanks to its strict adherence to social distance and mass testing. "I think the social compliance here has been pretty high".

"I think so far compliance as been pretty high, you don't see the kind of stuff you have seen in the United States, with people crowding beaches and people refusing to stay off the subway".

'The South Koreans have responded really well and that's why the curve has flattened'. "So it's actually been pretty successful".

Although their parents certainly did not appreciate their wiggling, Marion and James gave the ideal booster performance to their millions of fans around the world.

"Many of the comments we received were from parents who had had similar experiences, such as locking themselves in the bathroom so their kids could not interrupt a radio interview", Kelly wrote in a 2018 article for the Interpreter. "When schools close their doors indefinitely, children have been forced to adapt to learning at home and parents learn to get used to their worrying newcoworker".

There are a growing number of online resources that parents can use hard days of isolation.