It’s a toddler’s world, we just live in it.
If you have a toddler or have ever come in contact with a toddler, you know just how unpredictable they can be. Toddlers are curious and energetic and, as a species, can get into anything before you’ve even noticed they are gone. One news anchor also found out that when you put them on live TV, all bets are off.
Alastair Stewart, an English journalist and newscaster for ITN, hosted mom Lucy Wronka on their Wednesday lunchtime show to talk about milk allergies. Wronka brought along her two children, George and Iris, either because ITV requested them to be on with her or because she is a gambling woman.
“Joining me are mum Lucy Wronka and son George and right at the front of my desk, the delicious Iris who will do whatever she chooses to do over the next couple of minutes,” Stewart began the segment. Wronka nervously laughed and moms watching everywhere nodded their heads and whispered, “May the force be with you.”
Wronka tried to educate the audience about the havoc milk allergies can wreck on children’s bodies when doctors misdiagnose them, but little Iris wasn’t super interested in that topic and decided to use the studio as her own playground because, well, toddlers can be assholes.
Stewart was all business for most of the interview, asking questions of Wronka and of George, the older and seemingly less enthusiastic sibling. Wronka was dialed in and didn’t let Iris distract her, handling the interview like the bad-ass mother she is because, children get our attention and we must persevere.
Iris stomped around the studio, trying to figure a way up on Stewart’s desk while mostly being ignored. She continued to run amok, at one point disappearing from camera view completely, we can only assume to hot wire Stewart’s car and rob a bank, then comes back into the studio and finally throws a leg up on the desk.
Once securely on top of the desk in eye line of her mom, she began waving her hands and making noise, as if to say “Hellllllo. I’m here. This lack of attention is unacceptable. We’ve talked about this.” Stewart and Wronka continued on like professionals until Iris eventually crawls to the middle of the desk, nearly blocking Stewart from the camera completely. Because children can smell fear.
The footage as obviously gone viral, with many viewers enjoying the Iris Show and praising Stewart for his professionalism for ignoring Iris’s antics, which is basically every mom getting through every day with children but hey, what do we know.
Alastair finished the show by saying, “Mary Nightingale, I think, will have a more peaceful time at 6.30. From all of us, a very good afternoon to you,” before shaking hands with George and Wronka, and giving little Iris a high five. He also defended his guests when some commented on her behavior.
Iris didn’t behave badly, she behaved like a toddler. Cheers to this mom and to Stewart for handling the entire episode with grace.