The Voice Behind Hilarious Honest Toddler Revealed (And She's Canadian)!
I love Honest Toddler so much that sometimes I go to her Twitter page just to read over her tweets for the day. Her passive-aggressive outbursts make me laugh, and squirm with recognition that toddlers have feelings too.
If Honest Toddler was in a movie, it would be Baby Geniuses where the two-year-olds know the meaning of life until they "cross over". They pity us grown-ups with our minutiae and focus on unimportant parts of our day, you know like limiting juice and wearing pants.
The voice behind the hilarious and popular Honest Toddler Twitter feed and blog has been a mystery...until now.
With the Honest Toddler's new book (A child's guide to parenting) coming out, the voice behind the keyboard finally had to be revealed. And lo and behold, she is a Montreal writer and social media entrepreneur. The author, Bunmi Laditan, bases Honest Toddler on her two-year-old daughter.
Laditan started tweeting in a toddler's voice in May of 2012 to relieve stress. She has quickly amassed over 190,000 followers. She started a blog, and soon she'll be releasing a book. The anonymous tweeter has long been a favourite of The Today Show, Huffington Post, The Globe and Mail, The Daily Mail as well as many others.
In real life, Laditan writes for the Huffington-Post and iVillage.ca but the editors of the publications did not realize that she was also behind their favourite cynical toddler. This interview with Laditan shows her wit and some wisdom that is evident in her Honest Toddler tweets. She admits to being just as embarrassed and frustrated as the rest of us when it comes to temper tantrums and toddler antics. But her best advice is this:
Not that I would have listened, but I wish someone had told me to not get so wrapped up in defining my parenting style or approach to child rearing. It's very tempting to try to find a theoretical clique and get all hard-core about it. I've been in every group that would have me from Attachment Parenting to Let Them Eat Fruit Loops and have finally found that it's more important that my parenting be responsive to the particular/current needs of my kids, while not making me insane, rather than any philosophy.
Honest Toddler is one of the few joke Twitter accounts that I have stuck with, and I may even buy the book. If not for me, then for someone who is suffering through toddler-dom, just so she can know that she is not alone. Her toddler knows more than she does.
Do you read Honest Toddler? Are you sorry that you know who she is now? (I am a little.)
Want more chaos? Last year, I asked if you would pose pregnant and naked like Jessica Simpson did (and posted a belly shot of my own).