Turns out super homemaker Martha Stewart was a bit of a shrew in the maternal department—a gut-churning, demanding perfectionist when it came to her house, and decidedly not kid-friendly. That's the verdict from her grown daughter, Alexis, who has penned a kind of "Mommie Dearest" tell-all about life with mother. "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 writes in Whateverland: Learning to Live Here. One of the things she was ordered to do was to wrap her own Christmas presents, perfectly, without peeking at the gifts. Halloweens were spent hiding out in the house with the lights off to dissuade trick-or-treaters. And there was never anything to eat. "Other people had food. I had no food. There were ingredients, but no prepared food of any kind," grumbles Alexis.
She's also annoyed that her mom insists everyone take off their shoes when entering her home, but lets her dogs soil carpets all over the house, notes the Daily Mail. As for inviting Mom over for dinner, forget it. "My mother will occasionally complain that I don't invite her over for dinner," Alexis reveals. "Can you blame me? Whatever I serve, she'll sip it, taste it, make a face, and push it away." (Read more Martha Stewart stories.)