This past week, Alanis Morissette was on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon (from her home, of course) performing her new single "Ablaze", which is essentially a great song she wrote to her kids. Fittingly, and because she was at home, one of her kids had come into the room she was singing in, and taken her headphones, and so she sang the song holding the youngster....or at least did her absolute best to sing it, in between answering all the questions her kiddo hurled at her, live on TV.

Some headlines joked that the kid "sabotaged" her performance, but we think it was a great example of how parents are doing their absolute best to rock (in her case, literally) trying to balance working from home...with kids.

Sarah and Cori both have experience doing live shows from home during this pandemic, and they, too, have had their share of challenges.

Sarah: Luckily my studio in my home is away from the kids BUT, it still has its challenges.  Screeching and stomping can still be picked up by the microphone and the kids want their chance to be on the radio, too, which I don't mind.  The other struggle in general is having the kids home all of the time creates quite a constantly messy house and being the parent who had the option to work from home most of the time during this pandemic I automatically feel like it's my responsibility to do the clean up, cooking and more- even though that was a pretty even responsibility before COVID-19.  It's hard not picking up the house when I'm home or not feeling guilt for not picking up the house.  The old double edged sword situation.  I do appreciate, however, having more time to be with my kids, trying to slow down the hustle and enjoy my time with them in this unusual circumstance.  Honestly, my kids are great (except, maybe that Jack, sometimes- see 'Shifty Ass Jack' video) so, if they have the guts to go on-air live with me, I'm all for it.

Cori: The idea of taking your kids to work, or having to work from home with children around was kind of a novel one before the days of Covid-19. Admittedly, because I'm a single mom and thank goodness have a job where they have let me bring my kids with me in a pinch, I had a bit of experience with this concept. So did my kids. They knew enough that to "be quiet when Mommy's talking on the air" at the station, because we were in a more formal setting.

My youngest, B with me in the background while on the air from the ZStudio in Brewer.

But when Coronavirus hit, and I had to trade going into the station for broadcasting live from our house, in their old playroom, some challenges definitely popped up. 

My kids know I'm home, and know I'm kind of in their space, so they have no problem doing whatever they need to to get my attention. Aside from trying to sound proof the room, and put a lock on the door, I also attempted to help them know when it was okay to be loud, with a little lit-up "On Air" sign.

Cori Skall

 

They know not to knock when it's on...even if they forget sometimes.

Sometimes they sneak in for hugs while I'm talking.

I've even gone so far as to make a little sound-proof cubby hole out of the closet in my home studio for them to hang out in, if they just need to be near.

The little sound-proof cubby...with B inside.

Morissette isn't the only public figure to have their kiddo steal the spotlight, while working from home. Fallon's own daughters would regularly make appearances in the background, or sometimes directly in front of the camera, while doing he was doing his show from home.

And who could forget this now infamous video that made the rounds a while back, when this interview being done by Professor Robert Kelly, who was being interviewed live on BBC News, was interrupted by not one, but two kids...and his wife.

Here's another excellent example of how kids don't care about boundaries!

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