Arlo Interviews The Honest Toddler

I received an email this morning from containing a transcript of my three year old son, Arlo, interviewing The Honest Toddler. As you might imagine, it gets pretty deep. I’ve copied it here, unedited.


Arlo: Any idea why my mom can’t make a sandwich while driving?
The Honest Toddler (HT): Maybe she didn’t hear you- ask again (louder). Don’t rule out that she dislikes you intensely and wants to see you suffer.

Arlo: How many books do they read to you at night? I’m averaging around 16 these days, eight of which are Clifford.
HT: Hold up, they said books don’t work at night….

Arlo: I wear Pampers because my mom loves me. Do you sit on that huge cold chair with a watery hole leading to the abyss? If so, what’s it like?
HT: Diapers4Life. It’s true that potty training is a byproduct of hatred. I like to mix it up: one pee in the potty, one behind the couch, another while sitting on a stack of mail. You don’t want to get locked into a routine.

Arlo: I know Yoga is what grown-ups do when they’re depressed. But what’s Etsy?
HT: Adults use this website when they want to burn money but are all out of matches.

Arlo: Any idea why everyone needs to use a separate bowl for cereal?
HT: I only use one pre-approved bowl for all meals so, no.

Arlo:  If we ever had a playdate, how would we create enough chaos so our moms can’t talk?
HT: A scrappy fistfight over a piece of string? LOL! Coloring a few walls with longwear lipstick is something we could also bond over if you’re interested.

Arlo: Do you ever feel bad for Dora because her parents don’t love her enough to care where she is?
HT: I feel like she’s really just wandering a cul-de-sac so she’s probably OK.

Arlo: What’s worse, pants or salad?
HT: They’ll both break you heart but salad is definitely more aggressive about it.

Arlo: Is wine medicine for grown-ups?
HT: That’s what I’ve been told although I’ve never seen medicine consumed out of large novelty mugs.


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I'm a contributing writer to Parents Magazine, GQ, Psychology Today and some others. My book, "This is Ridiculous. This is Amazing: Parenthood in 71 Lists" is available here Look for two more books in 2015: "Must. Push. Buttons (Bloomsbury Kids), and an as-of-yet untitled memoir I’ve appeared on Comedy Central’s “Live at Gotham” and “Nick Mom’s Night Out." I live in New Jersey with my wife and two sons and enjoy making them laugh more than anyone else.

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