Whit Honea is the author of The Parents' Phrase Book and cofounder of Dads 4 Change, both created to champion empathy, activism, responsibility, hope and social good. His personal writing can be found on the Iris-award winning website Honea Express (Honea sounds like pony). He also maintains Family Life on Earth with his wife and two sons. He is part of the team that runs the annual Dad 2.0 Summit.
For the past decade Whit has contributed to a number of parenting sites including Disney's Babble, BabyCenter, GeekDad, TODAY Parents, Fandango Family, TLC's Parentables and several others. In addition his work has also appeared on CBS, AOL, Orbitz and many other sites.
He currently lives in Los Angeles and likes long walks on beaches.
1. Please describe yourself in ten words.
I’m a melancholy fool and proud of it.
2. Nobody ever told me parenting would require me to ...
Worry. I worry about everything, especially the things least likely to happen. JUST. IN. CASE.
3. Kids say the darndest things. One of the best things that ever came out of my child's mouth was ...
For a long time one of the boys couldn’t say “dump truck,” but he sure loved trying. What he actually said can’t be repeated here, but it was hilarious. We found ourselves driving by construction sites that weren’t even on the way home.
4. My worst 2am moment with my child was ...
There’s a story that involves a dirty diaper removed a few moments too early, vomit (the cat’s), blood (mine), and tears (my wife’s, they were from laughter). Luckily there was a happy ending (we survived).
5. My idea of perfect family happiness is ...
We love to travel, whether it’s a beach, theme park or another country—and that is pure joy, just being together, full of wonder and committed to every moment.
6. What is the best parenting advice you gave or received?
Be present. Listen. Have ice cream for no apparent reason. Take your shoes off.
7. What is your favorite book to read with your child?
The classics are classics for a reason and we love quite a few. I’ve always been partial to A.A. Milne’s Winnie-the-Pooh. I know things didn’t end well for the author and his son in real life, but as a father and a writer I find the stories to be poignantly sweet and endearingly wonderful.
8. I would win the parenting award for ...
My boys once presented me with the coveted Best Father award, which was nice, but truth is I’m happy with a participation trophy.
9. I would be put in the parenting penalty box for ...
I tend to wear my heart on my sleeve, and it appears to be hereditary though not always appreciated. There are times when I need to curb my enthusiasm. Also, icing.
10. If your children were characters from fiction, who would they be?
Calvin and Hobbes. Hands (and paws) down.
11. If your family had theme song, what would it be?
I asked my 12-year-old what song he thought appropriate. “We Are the Champions” by Queen was his reply. I told him I didn’t want to look like we thought too highly of ourselves.
“That’s not what it’s about,” he said. Then he added, “I also like ‘Elephant Eating a Stick’ by Parry Gripp.”
12. The title of the movie about your family life would be ...
The Twigtale Twelve - Whit Honea was originally published on September 1, 2015. Modifications to style, arrangement, and linked sources were made on January 8, 2016.