By now you’ve probably seen the viral clip of a father getting interrupted by his children while giving a live interview on BBC. Working parents everywhere, especially remote workers, could identify with the humorous embarrassment of the situation. Even those who have had pets interrupt Skype calls know the feeling. You want to be thought of as a professional and taken seriously but little home office invaders have other plans. This BBC interview is amazing. Just wait until the mum rushes in… pic.twitter.com/LGw1ACR9rg
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Many developers who work from home with children know the daily struggle of balancing family life with work, which generally leaves very little time for improving professional skills. A popular question on Hacker News this week asks, “Developers with kids, how do you skill up?“:
I recently had one of my colleagues comment on my GitHub account graph – ‘There won’t be many green boxes in your account once you have a kid’. This was in response to my suggestions on how we should all keep learning. I argued many good programmers have family with kids and still manage to keep up.