Review of “Toddlers Are A**holes: It’s Not Your Fault” by Bunmi Laditan

Toddlers Are A**holes: It’s Not Your Fault by Bunmi Laditan
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is the parenting book I’ve been looking for! There are vulgarities throughout Bunmi’s humorous book, but that’s okay because being bad is challenging for parents to do and we need more of it. We’re so hard on ourselves and we tend to invite impossible expectations that pile on top of us day-to-day. The author is expert at pointing out how our kids don’t actually care about most of what we fret over. If you’ve thought your toddler is strange for seeking out recycled containers to play with over the toys you buy them, you’re not alone. This book tells it like it is when it comes to kids, rather than painting the parenting experience as the smooth, enlightened, peaceful, perpetually enriching, and lovely ride that we may hear about through social media or from other parents we interact with. If you have friends who are new to parenting a toddler, and who don’t mind vulgar language, give them this book as a gift. Tell them to keep it in a drawer until they’re ready to pull their hair out, and then to read it for some instant therapy. It’s a short and easy read, and I laughed a lot. I also gained some wisdom from the book; read through to the end and you’ll find it too on the last page. If your kid is en route to earning the Nobel Peace Prize or writing a bestseller at the age of 3 or 4, I’m not sure whether you’ll enjoy this book or not. It’s worth a try.

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