Published: April 7, 2015Publisher: Workman Publishing GroupPages: 176Received: borrowed from library and then purcashed and ebook versionToddler a**holery is a normal part of human development—not unlike puberty, except this stage involves throwing food on the floor and taking swings at people who pay your way in life. For parents of toddlers, it's a "you better laugh so you don't cry" period.
Bunmi Laditan's hilarious, satirical guide to toddlerhood offers parents instant (and very welcome) comic relief—along with the very good news that "It's Not Your Fault." Chapters cover the cost of raising a toddler, feeding your toddler, potty-training, tantrums, how to manage the holidays, and "how not to die inside." Parents will see themselves in the very funny sections on taking your toddler to restaurants ("One parent will spend their time walking your toddler around the restaurant and outside like a cocker spaniel, while the other, luckier parent will eat alone."), Things You Thought You'd Never Say That You Now Say As a Parent of a Toddler ("I can tell you're pooping because your eyes are watering."), and how to order pizza ("Spend $40 on pizza delivery. Listen to your toddler cry for 30 minutes about how the pizza is all wrong. Watch your toddler take a small bite of crust. Google 'can anger give you a heart attack?' Start the bedtime routine.").
Laditan's wildly funny voice has attracted hundreds of thousands of fans of Honest Toddler on social media; here she speaks parent-to-tired-parent, easing the pains and challenges of raising toddlers with a hefty dose of adult humor and wit.
My baby hasn't even made it into the world (7 weeks to go), but I was getting tired of reading books about pregnancy and babies. I stumbled upon Bunmi Laditan's facebook page due to friends liking some of her posts and it making it's way to me feed. I adored Bunmi's honesty and the fact that she is not afraid to share what it feels like to be a Mom who is not perfect and who doesn't strive to be the picture perfect mommy (aka the Sanctiparent/Sanctimommy). She is sassy, witty and honest. I want to be her best friend!
So I quickly reserved her book Toddlers Are A**holes from the library and after two chapters, I jumped online to order the Kindle version for my tablet as I know it is a book I will want to look back on to remind me that I am not losing my mind, that kids are crazy and it's okay to not be perfect.
She tells it like it is. She calls out those who make others feel small and imperfect. She makes jokes out of the everyday things that happen in life with a toddler. Sure some are over the top (and probably never happen), but most are to make you laugh and not feel alone.It's parody people!
Pretty much anything you want to know about raising a toddler is in this book. You need to take the entire thing with a grain of salt and a dose of humour, but it's so hilarious that you'll want a copy for yourself.
Sections about "Grooming Your Goblin", "Mealtime aka Hell", "How Not To Die Inside" and "Rites of Passage" are just a few of the chapters that are filled with wisdom, anecdotes and lists.
If you haven't checked out her website, do it! Or check our her facebook page. You won't regret it. Remember to bring your sense of humour.
About the Author:
Bunmi Laditan is a contributor to Parenting.com, Mothering.com, iVillage.com, 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 & games.