An 8-year-old is going viral after impersonating her mom working from home — and it is resonating with millions of parents around the globe.
Just last week, Colleen Chulis threw a clip together of her daughter, Adelle, pretending to be a busy working mom. The view count? 7 million.
“She’s always like, ‘Mom, record me.’ She’s always wanting to do these little skits,” Chulis told “Good Morning America.”
“I’ll [say], ‘We can do one, quick little video.’ That’s exactly how it happened.”
Chulis is a regional vice president of regulated industries for SAP SuccessFactors and has been working from home since the start of the pandemic. Her kids, Adelle, Luke, 10, and Declan, 6, are all currently attending school via hybrid learning.
“I’m on video and I work in sales so I’m talking to customers a lot,” Chulis said. “I think the challenge for me is I’m presenting on PowerPoint and the kids are like, ‘Can you get me an [ice pop]?’ They’ll pass notes under the door … it’s the day-to-day stuff that happens.”
Chulis’ husband, Matt Chulis, is the associate head coach for men’s soccer at the University of Virginia. And while Chulis says Matt is an extremely hands-on dad, he returned to working in person a few months back. This means Chulis is usually the one watching the children while also working remotely.
Over 23K people commented on the video — who also agreed Adelle’s performance mirrored the real thing.
“When I’m working, I’m working, and when I’m a mom, I’m a mom,” Chulis explained. “It’s just that [now] everything is mushed together.”
Chulis admits she is so thankful her job has been flexible amid COVID-19 while also giving herself grace to be the best mom she can be.
“I’ll stop work early and drive the kids to soccer with my husband,” she said. “I try to balance it out in my own way and as long as everyone’s happy and healthy, then everything’s OK.”
With a background in the creative and educational fields, Amelia Finefrock is freelance writer, singer-songwriter and nanny based in Chicago.
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