An 8-year-old girl has gone viral for an uncanny impersonation of her mom juggling her job and domestic life from behind her desk at home.
Mom of three Colleen Chulis, of Charlottesville, Virginia, shared the clip of her daughter, Adelle, on LinkedIn in the middle of April. “My 8-year-old daughter asked me last night if she could do an impression of me,” she wrote. “I wasn’t sure what to expect. This was the first and only take.”
In the skit, Adelle takes on the role of multi-tasking mom, simultaneously typing on the computer, talking on the phone, and frantically snapping at invisible children to leave the room while she’s hard at work.
To date, the video has amassed over 14 million views, resonating with so many other parents who are working remotely due to the pandemic.
“Hit so close to home,” wrote one viewer. “Well done, little Ms. Chulis. You rock.”
“I LOVE this!” wrote another. “Your daughter sees a strong, multifaceted business woman who gets things done. Our children are watching us … they really are.”
Chulis is regional vice president of regulated industries for a software company, SAP SuccessFactors, and has been working remotely since the onset of the pandemic. She and her husband, Matt, associate head coach for men’s soccer at the University of Virginia, have two boys beside Adelle: Luke, 10, and Declan, 6.
All three kids are currently attending school from home via hybrid learning.
Chulis, who is grateful that her job allows her to work flexibly, told Good Morning America that she is often on video calls, talking to customers. The challenge is that her children will interrupt presentations to ask for snacks or just to get her attention.
“They’ll pass notes under the door … it’s the day-to-day stuff that happens,” Chulis said.
Her husband, she said, is a hands-on father but returned to work several months prior, making her the parent in charge during the daytime.
Yet, despite her roles being somewhat “mushed together,” Chulis still manages to find healthy separation.
“I’ll stop work early and drive the kids to soccer with my husband,” she explained. “I try to balance it out in my own way, and as long as everyone’s happy and healthy, then everything’s OK.”
In an effort to make her daughter’s impression accessible to more people, Chulis uploaded the video to YouTube. Adelle, an actress in the making, is already racking up hundreds of thousands of views.
(Courtesy of Colleen Chulis)
Since going viral, Chulis posted an update on LinkedIn. “My family cannot believe how many views this video has so far,” she wrote, “and I’m glad to hear that it made (so!) many of you smile.”