Tuesday, May 14, 2013 |
What kind of parenting advice would a toddler give if s/he could not just speak, but tweet, Facebook and Instagram?
That's the question mother Bunmi Laditan set out to answer last year with the Twitter handle @HonestToddler. Since then, she's gained over 230,000 followers and a book deal. Her new book, The Honest Toddler: A Child's Guide to Parenting, debuted this week.
It is a satirical parenting guide from the perspective of an 18-month to three-year old, Laditan told Homerun's Steve Rukavina in a recent interview.
"All types of wonderful advice, like how to wean yourself off of sleep ... That's always a battle," she said. "Why potty training isn't important."
Laditan didn't expect her Honest Toddler persona to be such a big hit, but thinks parents enjoy it because they need the comic relief.
As for her three-year old daughter who was the inspiration for the account? Laditan says she has no idea about all the fuss.
"She's just living her life, trying to score some more juice."
Here is a selection of some of the Honest Toddler's tweets:
It's hard to take adults seriously when you realize that their greatest fears are Mondays & carbohydrates.-- Honest Toddler (@HonestToddler) April 29, 2013
Tonight's bedtime story was about three pigs struggling with repeat home invasions. Thanks for the new fear.-- Honest Toddler (@HonestToddler) April 19, 2013
Saw Peter Pan. Sad story about an elf trying to make it outside of the North Pole. Like Get Rich or Die Trying but for kids.-- Honest Toddler (@HonestToddler) April 5, 2013
The song "Hush Little Baby" always has me wondering why they're trying to buy this child's silence? INFANT, WHAT DID YOU SEE?-- Honest Toddler (@HonestToddler) March 27, 2013
At a baby shower. Parties for theoretical infants. Now I've seen it all.-- Honest Toddler (@HonestToddler) March 24, 2013
Funny how you can live inside someone's body for almost a year but a 1AM grilled cheese is taking it too far.-- Honest Toddler (@HonestToddler) March 22, 2013
Listening to a speech about self-control from a person who just ate three bowls of Cinnamon Toast Crunch.-- Honest Toddler (@HonestToddler) March 15, 2013
Cute how raisins thought they could crossover from granola to mainstream cookies. Nope.-- Honest Toddler (@HonestToddler) March 11, 2013
Just heard that the toddler next door has regressed from big kid underwear back into Pull-Ups. I love inspirational stories.-- Honest Toddler (@HonestToddler) March 6, 2013
People who ask you to stop crying loudly because you're in public. SORRY MY EMOTIONS ARE HURTING YOUR IMAGE. #toddlerproblems-- Honest Toddler (@HonestToddler) March 3, 2013