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The Honest Toddler: A Child's Guide to Parenting

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In this antidote to heavy-handed advice books written by parenting "experts" who have gotten too big for size 2T britches, The Honest Toddler provides an indispensable manual to parenting that places the toddler's happiness front and center. Outrageously confident and sweetly indignant, The Honest Toddler tackles everything from preferred toddler foods (unbroken crackers and undiluted juice), unconditional love (accept them as they are—pants or no pants), sleep and potty training methods (none), play date ...

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Overview

In this antidote to heavy-handed advice books written by parenting "experts" who have gotten too big for size 2T britches, The Honest Toddler provides an indispensable manual to parenting that places the toddler's happiness front and center. Outrageously confident and sweetly indignant, The Honest Toddler tackles everything from preferred toddler foods (unbroken crackers and undiluted juice), unconditional love (accept them as they are—pants or no pants), sleep and potty training methods (none), play date etiquette (mi casa es not su casa) and the proper response to random aggression at the playground (embrace it. Park justice is messy but swift). The result is a parenting book like no other, one that will leave moms and dads laughing, and maybe crying, as they recognize their own child in the ongoing shenanigans of one bravely honest toddler.

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Editorial Reviews

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"The Honest Toddler is an unforgettably funny, heart-touching, practical-minded and realistic portrait of hectic parenthood, highly recommended!" —-The Midwest Book Review
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
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."
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!"
Daddy
"Did you hide my phone?”
Grandma
"This is the best thing I've ever seen or heard of."
Mommy
"You're out of control."
Library Journal - Audio
11/01/2013
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
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781452663753
  • Publisher: Tantor Media, Inc.
  • Publication date: 5/20/2013
  • Format: MP3 on CD
  • Edition description: MP3 - Unabridged CD
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 7.40 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Bunmi Laditan, the creator of the wildly popular The Honest Toddler on Twitter, is a regular contributor to Parenting.com, Mothering.com, iVillage.com, and the Huffington Post.

Kyle McCarley is a voice-over actor whose credits include the video games Dragon Nest, Vindictus, and MapleStory, and the audiobooks Forgotten Realms: The Shadow Stone by Richard Baker and Nightingale by New York Times bestselling author David Farland.

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  • Posted May 7, 2013

    more from this reviewer

    I've followed the Honest Toddler Facebook page for several month

    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.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 28, 2014

    A fun book.

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 14, 2014

    Excellent read!!

    Book had me in tears laughing! You will not be disappointed!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 31, 2014

    Obnoxious

    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.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted May 15, 2013

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