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​Mum Comes Up With Genius Hack To Stop Her Kids Bothering Her

​Mum Comes Up With Genius Hack To Stop Her Kids Bothering Her

A mum working from home amid the coronavirus lockdown has gone viral for penning a hilarious door sign all parents can likely relate to.

The sign, which said that mum Kate Armstrong-Taylor was in a meeting, also came with several different answers to questions that she predicted her kids would want to ask her during that time.

It read: "Mum is in a meeting 9.30-11, do not enter! The answer to your question might be here."

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And the answers to the predictable questions included the likes of "no", "in your bedroom", "piece of fruit", and "I don't know what's for dinner".

We are LOLing. Hands up who can relate to this one?

Children's mental health charity worker Kate, 45, from Harpenden, Hertfordshire, wrote the note before hopping on a Zoom conference call with eight work colleagues last Wednesday.

The married mum-of-three pre-empted that one of her children - either Poppy, 16, Maddie, 14, and Theo, 11 - would have otherwise interrupted had she not created the notice.

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Mum-of-three Kate posted this sign on the study door (Credit: Caters)
Mum-of-three Kate posted this sign on the study door (Credit: Caters)

Kate's tongue-in-cheek sign did the trick, letting her make it through her meeting undisturbed - and the image she posted on social media of it has since racked up nearly 34,000 likes, comments and shares.

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Kate said: "We are all at home at the moment and I was about to run our team meeting - it was my first time using Zoom so I really wanted some peace and quiet as it was a new thing for me and I wanted to make sure everyone was connected on the call.

"I just put the sign on the door so the children didn't wander in and be visible in the background during the meeting.

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"I put the list of FAQs on there too to make them smile but also to make the point - these were all funny things I know they do quite often ask.

Kate has three children and since lockdown began she regularly gets asked 'what's for dinner' at 9am (Credit: Caters)
Kate has three children and since lockdown began she regularly gets asked 'what's for dinner' at 9am (Credit: Caters)

"I'm sure there's a lot of parents in the UK at the moment being asked 'what's for dinner' at 9am.

"Theo walked past and read the note before the meeting and he said 'yep, that covers everything' so it must have been accurate."

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After successfully making it through the 90 minute conference call with no interruptions, Kate posted an image of her creative sign on Facebook.

She was amazed when it quickly went viral - and admitted despite the frequent questions, she has really enjoyed spending more time with her children during her period working from home.

Ahh kids, gotta love 'em and their curiosity.

Featured Image Credit: Caters

Topics: Funny, Real, Life, Parenting, Real Life

Lauren Bell

A freelance journalist at Tyla with an interest in health and fitness, travel and lifestyle topics, as well as highlighting issues for women. She graduated from the University of Sheffield in 2011 with a BA Honours Journalism degree and ever since has written for various platforms, including Mail Online, The Sun, that's life magazine and b-inspired magazine.