The 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.