Little kids are mean. It’s a fact.
Johanna Stein made note of every barbed comment her four-year-old daughter threw her way, and then made a video compilation of the insults which promptly went viral with more than 2.2 million views to date.
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Stein is the author of the hilarious book How Not To Calm a Child on a Plane: And Other Lessons in Parenting From a Highly Questionable Source. I own a copy, and I always laugh at Stein’s funny and fearless parenting stories. The book is rapidly climbing the bestseller lists thanks to the video, and Stein recently signed with actor Will Arnett’s production company to develop the book for a CBS pilot. Both Stein and Arnett are Canadians living in California, which is obviously why they're both hilarious.
Some of the comments on the YouTube video believe that the little girl is too mean, and that Stein should stand up for herself. But as a parent who has been told about my wrinkles, my zits, my squishy body and my breath smelling bad, I can certainly relate. Just the other day my daughter said to me: “I hate that dress. Are you wearing it out?” I was, of course, halfway out the door at the time.
The thing is, almost every mean throwaway comment that a kids makes does often contain a grain of truth—sometimes even more than a grain. And the parent of a teenager, I know that even when kids acquire a minimal level of tact they rarely use it on their parents.
What are the most memorable insults that your kids have said to you?
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