New Zealand’s Jacinda Ardern’s Latest Address Had a Moment That All Moms Will Appreciate
Prime ministers, they’re just like us.
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern was interrupted in the midst of an address to the nation via Facebook livestream. Who was the intruder? Well, none other than her 3-year-old daughter, Neve.
The mom of one was greeted with Neve’s comments as she talked to New Zealanders about the state of their COVID-19 response. As she was midway through, viewers heard Neve calling: “Mummy?”
Ardern quickly told her she was “meant to be in bed” and added: "It's bedtime, darling. Pop back to bed, I'll see you in a second." She then implored the child to go back to her grandmother.
Noting the hilarity and relatability of the moment, Ardern laughed and said: "Well, that was a bedtime fail, wasn't it.”
Later in the call, Neve made another appearance and prompted Ardern to apologize and admit the address was “taking so long.”
“Does anyone else have kids escape like three, four times after bedtime?” she asked viewers at one point, before ending the address.
Ardern’s plight of trying to work and parent simultaneously likely resonates with many, as mothers were some of the hardest-hit groups in the course of the pandemic. As The New York Times reported last month, “Mothers with school-age children were disproportionately affected” as they are “more likely to take leave from their jobs or exit the workforce entirely than fathers or people without children.”
Of course, women are not and haven’t always been the only ones impacted by having to juggle work and child-rearing. This moment with Ardern is reminiscent of one that went viral in 2017 when Professor Robert Kelly appeared on the BBC remotely to discuss the ousting of South Korean President Park Geun-hye. Kelly was mid-sentence when one of his small children burst into his office and was seen milling about in the background of his segment. Kelly’s second child even somehow made it into the room before his wife was seen running after both to wrangle them.