Most working moms agree: your career and your role as a mom aren’t always seamless. But for one journalist—also a toddler mom—her training for covering breaking news and crisis situations is the voice we all need to channel.
You’ll find Kayla Sullivan, a former TV reporter and PR professional, broadcasting from outside her son’s room where he’s “being detained until after nap time” for “holding her hostage at The Olive Garden,” in her bathroom where she demonstrates the proper way to scream into a pillow during a “toddler tornado” and also how to differentiate a “toddler watch” (demands are clear, stakes are high, but preparation can avert a crisis) from a “toddler warning” (you’re past the point of preparation and in survival mode).
Sullivan started making the videos using her reporter’s voice first as part of a TikTok challenge, but then it turned into a way for her to grapple with the ups and downs of parenting, as well as the constant judgement of your skills as a parent by everyone else. Girl. We hear you. “My son has thrown tantrums in public and it’s really embarrassing,” Sullivan told TODAY Parents. “I was channeling a bunch of different incidents that have happened to me in public and trying to relate to other parents.”
In addition to crisis coverage of her toddler’s behavior, she’s also posted hilarious eyewitness accounts from the perspectives of different “bystanders,” voiced—naturally—by her.