The Honest Toddler: A Child's Guide to Parenting

The Honest Toddler: A Child's Guide to Parenting

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by Bunmi Laditan, Kyle McCarley

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As seen on Good Morning America, the irreverent, bracingly honest, and “awfully funny” (The Boston Globe) satirical parenting guide from the Internet’s most infamous tot, whose unchecked sense of entitlement and undeniable charm have captivated hundreds of thousands of fans.

Are you the confused parent of a toddler?

Are you


As seen on Good Morning America, the irreverent, bracingly honest, and “awfully funny” (The Boston Globe) satirical parenting guide from the Internet’s most infamous tot, whose unchecked sense of entitlement and undeniable charm have captivated hundreds of thousands of fans.

Are you the confused parent of a toddler?

Are you constantly disappointing the 2T in your life?

Are you tired, stressed out, and looking for relief?

I can’t help you with that last one, but if you want to become an A+ servant to your small child, this book is for you. Who better to teach you about toddlers than another toddler? In this book you’ll learn:

• How time-outs make you look like a fool

• Why potty training is not only unnecessary but unrealistic for children under eighteen

• Why toddler beds are OUT and letting your child sleep on the diagonal in your bed is IN

• The best way to apologize to your toddler for all of those Pinterest casseroles

• That when you love someone, you accept them as they are, pants or no pants

The hard-hitting knowledge in The Honest Toddler will save you thousands of dollars in unnecessary whole grains and toothbrushes.

Happy reading. You’re doing the right thing. For once.

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal - Audio
Chill. Parents and parenting experts alike, just chill. Now, clutch your crackers and laugh along with listeners of Laditan's opinionated, pants-phobic toddler as he answers questions from Laditan's many Facebook and Twitter followers, plus offers spunky advice on how to be a better unpaid intern to one's child. How to get out of a cereal-tempting grocery store with eardrums intact? Ask Honest Toddler. (Goldfish crackers, anyone?) Narrator Kyle McCarley gives the material an extra oomph that's the vocal equivalent of a romp through the playground. VERDICT This refreshing change of pace from overly serious parenting titles is highly recommended. ["Some 'advice' is funnier than others, and this is unessential from a collection development standpoint," read the less impressed review of the Scribner hc, LJ 8/13.]—Kelly Sinclair, Temple P.L., TX
Publishers Weekly
Thanks to large Twitter and Facebook followings, Laditan outed herself as the mind behind The Hon-est Toddler to write a compilation of the cheeky child's musings on ideal parenting methods. Far from being a basic parenting guide, or really any kind of parenting guide, Laditan writes from the perspec-tive of the toddler who is best kept in check with candy and immediate capitulation to any and all de-mands. She nudges parents to take a skeptical view of currently-popular parenting guides and child-rearing techniques while musing on universal experiences of little ones such as the difficulties of ac-cepting mom's alone time and social media's influence on toddler food and clothing: "When you shower alone, you hurt your toddler's feelings and damage her spirit," and "Pinterest not only distracts parents from their number one job, it directly hurts toddlers by threatening their lifestyles." Her self-indulgent little angel is also unremittingly anti-infant and discourages the acquisition of them. Laditan also offers realistic problem-solving techniques and snappy answers for questions that are bound to come up again and again. Parents who can recognize the absurdity and humor in everyday life—and are comfortable with their roles and choices—will laugh out loud. (May)
The Boston Globe
"Laditan writes from the perspective of a small but self-confident, demanding, juice-seeking young person, and for readers who know such a person, it’s awfully funny."
From the Publisher
"The Honest Toddler is an unforgettably funny, heart-touching, practical-minded and realistic portrait of hectic parenthood, highly recommended!" —The Midwest Book Review
Dr. Harvey Karp
"How did this get published? Someone please take this child to the park."
Jenny Lawson
"I laughed my face off."
Jill Smokler
"Laugh out loud funny! Get this book NOW! It's a must for any and every parent!"
"Did you hide my phone?”
"This is the best thing I've ever seen or heard of."
"You're out of control."

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Tantor Media, Inc.
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Unabridged CD
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7.00(w) x 4.95(h) x 1.07(d)

Meet the Author

Bunmi Laditan is a regular contributor to,,, and The Huffington Post. She lives with her family outside of Montreal. The Honest Toddler is based on her youngest child. Not potty trained, not trying, HT enjoys attention, cake, television, running, and games.

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The Honest Toddler: A Child's Guide to Parenting 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
lovelybookshelf More than 1 year ago
I've followed the Honest Toddler Facebook page for several months and always get a kick out of the status updates and posts. Only 10 pages into reading an advance copy of The Honest Toddler book and I was already cracking up. I'm sure my husband got sick of me sharing passage after passage with him - though he laughed every time! Sleep: Weaning Yourself Off of It was probably my favorite section. I also loved the book, movie, music, and fairy tale reviews. So glad I'm not alone in my feelings toward the television series Caillou! I did experience a few lulls while reading the book - probably bound to happen with 256 pages of the same shtick - but they didn't last long. The Honest Toddler moves from topic to topic quickly, delivering a multitude of blunt opinions with sarcastic, sassy wit. Yet even among the hilarity, I have to say, I had an "ouch" moment or two while reading this book. These moments gave me pause as I realized how some of the things I do might be coming across to my daughter. The Honest Toddler may be a tongue-in-cheek type of "parenting book," but I appreciated finding bits of wisdom all while laughing wholeheartedly.
GigiGD More than 1 year ago
This was an entertaining book, written from a different perspective than most parenting books. But you must have a sense of humor. I was laughing out loud in the beginning but as I got further into the book, the humor becomes tiring at times. This book is best read in small doses, but is very funny.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Book had me in tears laughing! You will not be disappointed!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was searching for a real parenting book and came across this. I had never heard of this child before and didnt realize it was a joke so I kept thinking how this had to be a joke because this was insanely obnoxious. Im glad I didnt waste 11.00 on this and only read the sample.