Martha Stewart may be a domestic diva but according to her daughter, she’s “hands off” when it came to parenting her kids.
“Martha does everything better! You can’t win,” Alexis Stewart writes of her 70-year-old mom in her new book, Whateverland: Learning to Live Here. An excerpt was obtained by U.K.’s Daily Mail.
“If I didn’t do something perfectly, I had to do it again. … I grew up with a glue gun pointed at my head,” she wrote.
Alexis, 46, who is a TV and radio host and also has a daughter of her own, co-authored the book with Jennifer Koppelman Hutt. Alexis painted a pretty grim picture of her childhood with her famous mother.
“Martha was not interested in being kid friendly,” Alexis writes. “She used to make me wrap my own presents. She would hand me things right before Christmas and say, ‘Now wrap these but don’t look inside.’ ”
On Halloween, Alexis writes: “There were no costumes. There was no anything. We turned off all the lights and pretended we weren’t home,” she recalls in the book.
Martha must have only prepared everything from scratch. “There was never anything to eat at my house. Other people had food. I had no food … There were ingredients but no prepared food of any kind.”
Stewart also was a neat freak. “My mother has a sign on all of her doors to take your shoes off,” Alexis writes. “For god’s sake! My mother’s dogs p*** and s*** on her rugs and she’s telling people to take their shoes off?”
Despite the admissions in the book, Alexis dedicated the book to her mother, who also offered her own brand of support.
“She’s her own person,” Martha writes in the book of her daughter. “She makes up her own mind. I sometimes try to offer advice, but if it’s not taken, so be it. She really did pay attention. She really does know how to do everything. And still she chooses not to follow in my footsteps.”
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