Working from the comfort of your own home is awesome, as anyone who works from home can tell you. But what about working from home when you’re a parent? Here at Many Kind Regards, we all work from home, and we’re all parents. This, inevitably, makes our communication interesting (conference calls and shorter calls alike) - and sometimes a bit confusing. After a recent series of these interactions, we compiled a list of the crazy things we’ve heard during them. Don’t worry. We wouldn’t dare expect anyone outside of our team of awesome work-from-home parents to put up with this nonsense. When making calls outside that group, we do know how to put our “professional pants” on. But the reality it is that one of the really great things about working at Many Kind Regards is being able to do so from home, despite the many (and let’s be honest, sometimes ridiculous) distractions or obstacles in our way. We KNOW many other work-at-home parents out there who will have similar experiences, we invite you to chime in below!
Without further ado…
The word "underpants" spoken 5 times during one 10 minute call.
Can you hold on? No, you may NOT do that to the dog!!
Why do I do this to myself? I should just go work in an office.
Crap. Someone's at the door. Gotta go. Need to put on pants.
(Because we work from home which means we work from everywhere) --- Use your turn signal moron!
Stop jumping on the dog!
"Get off the counter Ben!! I mean Nick!!” (My son decided he wanted to change his name that day.)
Yes, that's the washing machine; I'm hiding in the laundry room.
Hold on while I wipe this kid's butt.
Standby. Hey! Get out of the dryer!
Hey, how much longer do I need to hold your pants?
Did you wipe?
I did not hear the toilet flush.
GPS: In 1/2 mile, turn left. In 1/4 mile turn left. Turn left. Recalculating.
Hearing your co-worker's spouse ask them for a "quickie" during lunch, because they didn't realize the phone was on speaker. (True story.)
(In response to the above as we were collaborating) It wasn't me! Was it? You did, one time, ask me if I was in bed alone during a late night conference call.
Lunch will be served after the call!
I'm going to count to three! One. Two. [hits mute]
Sorry, I'm out of breath from chasing my toddler around the house
Hi Miss Katie, you're on speaker phone. Say “Hi” sweetie! (Our code for: “Please watch what you say in front of the kids!)
(Random wind noise) Can someone mute their phone please?
I'm not working from bed.
No dear, I don't need to have pants on to talk to Erin.
Why are you wearing your sister’s swimsuit? Oh my goodness, son, that’s not cool.
Can you please stop throwing underwear at your brother?
Dude, that is not what a plunger is for.
Oh my- [gagging] open the window! Why would you even do that?
Sorry. Stupid autocorrect. I meant, program. Not orgasm.
Many Kind Regards.
If you thought this was the only crazy collaboration between the Many Kind Regards Staff, you might want to check this out!
original photo credit: Morgan Slade Photography