Remember the little girl who interrupted her dad live on BBC News? Well, now she has some competition! A little boy interrupted his mom's live news broadcast, as four-year-olds do. His mom, Courtney Kube, a national security and Pentagon correspondent for NBC News handled it like the true champ she is. Because sometimes breaking news happens and you can't get a babysitter. Every working mom knows her struggles.
Kube was reporting live on MSNBC about the Turkish military's offense in northern Syria when her son Ryan walked in. Anyone who has a preschooler, especially a four-year-old, knows when they need something, they need it now. And they will do whatever it takes to get your attention. They surely don't care about military offenses in Syria!
Like a true boss, Kube paused her report to give Ryan the attention he needed. Then she went back to doing her job as if a preschooler popping up on on MSNBC is a totally normal thing to see. "Excuse me, my kids are here. Live television," she said of the interruption. Ryan has a twin!
This kind of interruption is every working mom's living nightmare. Our kiddos don't care about our jobs, sometimes they just need mom. And in those situations, there's only but so much you can do. But of course, that doesn't make it any less terrifying if it happens! "As soon as I realized he was standing next to me, for a second your heart kind of stops," Kube tells TODAY. It's definitely a fight or flight moment.
"I almost picked him up and put him on my lap, but I was afraid he would lean back against mic," she explains. But as she points out, Ryan's mood during his interruption was extremely helpful. "I was so glad he didn't start crying. He was smiling and happy. It could've been worse!" That is certainly true! Working moms already get enough flack, and Kube's grace under the fire is a testament to just how awesome they truly are.
And the people at MSNBC were also super supportive, tweeting about the incident with humor. "Sometimes unexpected breaking news happens while you're reporting breaking news. #MSNBCMoms #workingmoms," the caption reads. Kube's fellow reporters also have her back. "Mother of twins and best on the beat. @ckubeNBC does it all," reads a tweet from NBC News Corresponded Julia Ainsley.
Kudos to Courtney Kube and cheers to Ryan for this hilarious viral moment.