Mother, author and comedian – Johanna Stein has seen her most recent, quirky clip, Ways In Which My 4-Year-Old Has Insulted Me (true story) go ultra-viral.
Exhausted and ambivalent, the Winnipeg native, aka Momhead, is seen waking up and getting ready for the day with a GoPro camera strapped to her head. All the while, dealing with her daughter’s harsh and unflattering questions like: “Are you gonna make yourself pretty today or are you gonna look like you always do?” and “Can I have your iPad when you die?”
She was just being brutally honest the way that little children are. They don’t know what tact means. They don’t know diplomacy. They just — they’re so observant and they want to talk about the world around them … It’s actually a chapter from [my] book. What’s in the video is maybe 50 per cent of what’s in the book as far as the insults go.
That was all when she was like three four years old before she understood what it meant to insult a person. I just thought it was really funny.
Of the viral explosion, she said:
It’s weird. I did not expect that to be honest. I mean, it really was making us laugh and I thought, ‘Maybe I’ll sell a couple of books.’ I was gobsmacked by it. You know, it’s super cool.
My mailbox keeps filling up — people want to know about all these terrible things my daughter said to me. It’s wonderful.
Stein’s book How Not to Calm a Child on a Plane and Other Lessons in Parenting from a Highly Questionable Source can be found here.