The Honest Toddler

Honest Toddler

NEW on shelves today!

The Honest Toddler: A Child’s Guide to Parenting by Bunmi Laditan

5 of 5 stars

An all-encompassing parenting book for how to raise toddlers, as written by a rather precocious, but incredibly honest two-year-old.

The next time you think about walking out of Starbucks with a grande nonfat extra-hot hazelnut mocha for yourself and no giant cookie for your patient, cherubesque darling, consider the consequences.  Are you ready for a throwdown?  Because we are.

This book saved the day.

It had been one of those days.  You know, one of those days where the three-year-old can’t possibly wear his Optimus Prime pajama pants because they’re — and I quote — “too blue.”  I picked up this book for something lighthearted to read while I regained my mental sanity.  I loved it.  I rarely have opportunity to gush about books, but this one was exactly what the doctor ordered.

Everything in it spoke to me, either in a “thank goodness I’m not alone!” way, a “wow, that is probably exactly what my toddler is thinking in that particular circumstance” way, or a “Wow, I’m soooo glad my kid doesn’t do that!” kind of way.  Not only did it cheer me up, but it reminded me to put things in perspective — even at the peak of their tyranny, toddlers are pretty hilarious.  Self-absorbed, highly reactive, and downright scary sometimes, but also pretty hilarious.

As a side note, I had NOT read The Honest Toddler’s blog prior to reading this book and have only read a few posts on there since finishing this.  I know nothing about the actual toddler upon whom this is based, but the Afterword revealed that Honest Toddler is a girl, which threw me off, because I had imagined the whole book narrated by the E*TRADE baby:

Some of my other favorite tidbits:

Vaccines are nothing but stabbings.

Seven out of eight toddlers who have cried it out can’t distinguish between an apple and an orange by high school.

Ninety-nine percent of vegetables are not fit for human consumption.  The other 1 percent is ketchup.

Overall: This book inspired me to make cookies and watercolor (for two hours) with my small children.  I don’t know that I agree with your policy on sharing “the big bed” but Honest Toddler, you must be doing something right.

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2 responses to “The Honest Toddler”

  1. Kristina says :

    I am just so jealous you have this and read it already. The blog is fantastic.

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