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Saturday, July 13, 2013

The Honest Toddler: A Child’s Guide to Parenting

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Not Potty Trained - Not trying!

love reading, but sometimes I have to be in the mood for reading or the book has to be extremely interesting before I can spend alot of time with a book in my hand.
I’ve been reading a bit more than normal here lately and I’ve come to realize that I have a lot more time on my hands since my kids are out of town. The book I’ve been getting into is called The Honest Toddler: A Child’s Guide to Parenting. It’s actually very funny and I’m surprised that I’ve gotten into it as much as I have. I’m normally more of a Fantasy Book kind of girl but The Honest Toddler is a one of a kind book that I have a hard time putting down! One of my favorite things about the book is the letters written to and from “The Honest Toddler” along with the Homework assignments that HT likes to give. It’s not your normal homework either…. It’s stuff like:

  • “Slow down on the bad ideas”

or one of my favs…

  • ”Go to the grocery store with your child at 5:30pm. When the loud response starts, scream, “EVERYONE SHUT UP, I NEED TO HELP MY CHILD.” - Then open four large bags of chips and a juice box. Let your child feast.”

How fun does that grocery store assignment sound? I bet I would have LOTS of odd looks coming my way but I would be laughing to hard to notice and my kids would be chowing down on the chips J Truthfully, so would I!! 

While glancing  at the back of The Honest Toddler, I learned that the book was based on Bunmi Laditan’s (the author) youngest daughter. The description of The Honest Toddler made me giggle -- Not potty trained, not trying, enjoys attention, cake, television, running and games.  Reminds me of my girls a few years ago. Their not toddlers anymore but we still have many “loud responses” (HT‘s replacement for Tantrums) in stores, at home and wherever else my daughters decide to let it all out at.  While reading the book, I actually did realize that even though I may be taking advice from a “Toddler”, I do need to calm down on my yelling and start realizing that I am the problem a lot of the times when I jus happen to get upset with my girls are blame them for something that I NOW know… is my fault. I enjoyed reading The Honest Toddler: A Child’s Guide to Parenting more than I thought I would. Like mentioned above, I couldn't get enough of the Homework and the letters written to and from HT (Honest Toddler) are hilarious! One of my favorite letters is:

Dear Honest Toddler.
Do you know where I can find toddler-sized ‘80s rock band concert tees? I’m trying to look worldly.
Sincerely, Trying Hard in West Virginia

  • The response from the Honest Toddler:

Dear Trying,
Your toddler is not a living memorial to your interest. You’re embarrassing yourself.
Love, HT

HT even gives her opinion on Amber Necklaces, Potty Training and many other things that parents (including myself) like to believe is right and/or helps our child, when in reality…. Most of them are just a waste of money and time. HT has a strong opinion on the life of raising a young child and even if your child is no longer a toddler, I recommend you read The Honest Toddler: A Child’s Guide to Parenting! I guarantee that you will not only pee yourself due to extreme laughter but you will learn something as well! The Honest Toddler gets a BIG Thumbs up from me and it has done wonders when it came to keeping my mind off my daughters being at their MawMaws this past week! I couldn’t of asked for a better read!

If you would like to find out more about The Honest Toddler: A Child’s Guide to Parenting, Visit their website at or Check out The Honest Toddler on Facebook and Twitter

Keep an eye out for a chance to WIN a copy of The Honest Toddler in my upcoming Giveaway that will be going live on Tuesday - July 16


  1. Sounds like a really great book! Have to get myself a copy :)

    1. You really should! The Honest Toddler is great and she's pretty blunt as well :)

  2. This book sounds hilarious! Thanks for sharing it!

    1. Your very welcome! I loved it! It's funny as can be and pretty awesome as well :)

  3. The Honest Toddler sounds like something I would get a good laugh out of! I love books like that!

  4. Hi there! I am co-hosting this week on the My Favorite Posts Showoff Weekend Blog Party. Thanks for connecting up!

    I host a (Not SO) Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop and a TGIF Link Party over at my place -- A Peek Into My Paradise... I would love for you to link up and follow (if you don't already) if you like what you see. =) I follow back - I love making new friends!

    Have a terrific week!

    Hugs, Cathy

  5. LOL! I think I may want to read it myself! I have a toddler too so it might come in handy! Thanks for sharing this with us @ My Favorite Posts SHOW OFF Weekend Blog Party :)

    The Wondering Brain


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