A Minnesota meteorologist took bring your-kid-to-work day to a whole new level last week.
Weather forecaster Susie Martin delivered a recent weathercast while wearing her 1-year-old son on her back, all in an effort to celebrate International Babywearing Week. The footage of Martin working alongside her “special guest” was broadcast on news networks all over the country, and was met with an overwhelmingly positive response.
“I wanted to promote this wonderful tool that’s helped me as a mom and the bonding experience between mother and son,” said Martin during an appearance on Good Morning America. “I suppose it’s a way for the baby to be comforted. It was nice for me personally because I could multitask while comforting my child.”
“Wow, We’re absolutely blown away by the response the #babywearing video has gotten!” Praedictix said in a tweet. The original video of the weathercast, which was posted on Facebook, has racked up 1.5 million views and counting.
Tots can be notorious for having trouble falling asleep, so Martin really did some expert multitasking during the weathercast. Amid all of the talk of warm fronts and cool fronts, the little guy dozed off and caught some Zs — something the Praedictix team joked about on social media. “Unfortunately, the assistant was found sleeping on the job,” Praedictix said on the original post.
For Martin, being able to wear one’s baby on one’s back to work could be a huge benefit to parents who would otherwise have to pay for childcare while at their job. Her workplace, she said, could be an example to others for their flexibility in allowing her to balance her responsibilities both “as an employee” and “as a mother.”
“It does make me feel like a mom that can be very capable of doing things,” she told Good Morning America. “That’s just the message that I love about it and I would say as a working mom, it’s nice to be able to have this tool with me to help me do my job.” And working moms, it seems, keep upping the ante on the bring-your-kid-to-work concept. Last month, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern brought her newborn daughter to a gather of the U.N. General Assembly in New York. Not sure which one of these is better — and we can’t wait to see what November has in store on this front.
Watch video of Martin and her ‘assistant’ below.
— Susie Martin Wx (@smartinWX) October 9, 2017
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