Weekend Open Thread

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Even though wearing white can be perilous as a mom, I still think a white floaty top like this is lovely for the weekend. This choker style is kind of new, but I can see myself wearing it, unlike a lot of styles right now, like the cold-shoulder trend or the off-the-shoulder trend. (I don’t know if they feel wrong to me as a mom or just because of my age and place in life these days.) The choker tops seem like a fun look I could do on the weekends — in part because I don’t remember wearing them at any point in my youth! This one has some nice details that give it an ethereal touch that I really like, such as the sheer blouson sleeves and ladder trim. It’s machine washable, too, and available at Amazon in sizes XS–XL for $60. Ella Moon Women’s Shylah Long Sleeve Choker Top

Here’s an option in plus sizes at Nordstrom — and another plus-size option at Nordstrom with a lower price.

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  1. A light-hearted poll – what is something unique to your kid that is funny/charming?

    Our 18mo LOVES applause. He started clapping for himself around 12 months. He used to only walk while clapping because we clapped when he first walked. He claps after putting in a puzzle piece, any time he hears the phrase “good job”, and any other time he thinks he deserves it. Sometimes he takes our hands and pushes them to clap for us. It’s pretty funny. (I know that’s not unique among, like, all children, but I have definitely never seen another kid respond so much to applause.)

    • Anonymous says:

      On a similar note our son (almost 2) is SO self-congratulatory. He claps for himself when he finishes flipping through a book on his own, stacks two blocks, puts his cup back in the cup holder on his tray… every task ends with “yay! I did it!”

    • Anon in NYC says:

      How cute. My 2.5 year old has starting saying things like, “I got you covered” — I have no idea where she learned it from!

      • I just died, I love that. I was baby-sitting my cousin once when he was about that age and he decided to play in the basement and told me, “I’ll be downstairs if you need me.”

        And yes, self-congratulatory is exactly it! I am so amused by it.

      • 2 Cents says:

        My friend’s little boy picked up “Not nice!” complete with wagging finger, from day care, and it was just so hilarious (“Not nice, Mommy!” when she’d stop him from doing toddler things like, oh, stick his hand in a fire, etc.) He’s now 7, but we adults still say it to each other with the same scolding tone.

    • Anonymous says:

      When my son was about 1.5 – 2, if you put something on your head – ideally a party hat, but literally anything – he would feel compelled to start singing Happy Birthday To You. It was like a weird Pavlovian day care response.

      Now that he is 5.5, he has started calling me Boss, which I love.

    • Lyssa says:

      My 2.5 year old is really into books right now – she wants to have one in bed, and will sit and “read” it for ages before going to sleep (we sometimes have to come in and tell her to put it down!). She usually falls asleep with the book still in her hands.

    • These are all super adorable! My 11 month old has decided waving is the funnest. He waves to his dad when he first sees him in the morning and when we arrive home, he waves to me across the room when he’s playing calmly (so that one is rare), he waves to me when I linger too long at day care drop off (dying!) The other morning I went to get him from his crib and he was lying calmly on his tummy, then he stuck his hand through the crib slats and waved good morning to me. I love him so much.

    • My 2-year-old shouts “no thank you!” to everything. Changing his diaper, the dogs coming too close to him, getting dressed, etc. Always “no thank you.”

    • Boston Legal Eagle says:

      My 21 month old has started to take any bag that has handles and drape it over his shoulder while walking away and saying hi or bye to us. I think it’s because he sees his teachers do that with their purses as they leave. It’s hilarious.

    • Jeffiner says:

      My husband taught our daughter to give a thumbs up when she was two. Now she uses it to ask if she can do something – for example she was running around the playground and gave us a thumbs up, which we returned from the bench we were watching from. When she started to climb the fence at the perimeter she gave us another thumbs up, but we gave her a thumbs down. She stopped climbing the fence and moved on to something else.

    • My favourite language mistakes (from about a year ago) were ‘heligoggy’ for ‘helicopter’ and calling a CD an ‘ABCD’ (I never actively disabused him of that notion since CDs are practically obsolete anyway). He still calls a burrito a ‘Victor Vito’ (after the Laurie Berkner song).

    • biglawanon says:

      I have older kids, so a bit different here, and not as “cute.” My 14 y/o is taking on a Tom Haverford-esque personality, for better or worse. Everything is “cramping [his] style.” And he is exceptionally good at working the phrase “drop the mike” into conversations. He is also into wearing aviators everywhere, to the point his school called me about it. And a lot of hair gel. And white driving shoes. It’s a lot to take in.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Asked on the earlier thread so not till late, I thought this would get more replies: recs for parenting books for early toddlerhood? I’d like to nail down a general philosophy to get my husband and I on the same page but our twins are only 22 months and slightly behind developmentally– they can talk, but just barely, and it seems like most parenting books are aimed at that 3-4 age level where they can comprehend short explanations or follow directions. We’re still hanging out at “bye-bye cat!” in terms of verbal comprehension but are also dealing with tantrums.

    • Anonymous says:

      Have you had them elevaluated for speech? Expressive speech level is not necessarily the same as comprehension level. My oldest had an expressive speech delay but her comprehension was fine (age level) so we were able to parent to her age level comprehension. For her delay, We did a parent education course on how to communicate with her to improve her expressive speech and she caught up within 6 months.

      • Anonymous says:

        Thank you– we did! It’s true, their comprehension is better than their expressive skills, especially my daughter. I thought our son would need speech therapy, but we had their speech/occupational/physical evaluations in December and everybody scored normal. I’d wager they are only about 3-6 months behind average, but it’s enough that when I tell them that first we’re going to get buckled into the car seat and then they can have the elmo book, everyone loses their mind… I don’t think they understand tasks or the order of time to that extent yet?

    • October says:

      I liked “How to Talk so Little Kids will Listen” (a companion to the best-seller aimed at younger kids). I also recently discovered Janet Lansbury’s podcast “Unruffled” and it’s been really helpful for dealing with specific issues, mainly around reframing my own expectations and behavior to better deal with/guide the natural inclinations of a toddler. I’ve heard good reviews on The Whole-Brained Child and No-Drama Discipline, too.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Any hotel and/or activity recs for a long weekend in Philadelphia with a 5 year old? We’re planning to go President’s Day weekend. I want a hotel with an indoor pool, since I think that will be the highlight for my son.

    • I haven’t stayed in any of these since I live here, but I understand that the Sheraton Society Hill is popular with families because of the indoor pool. I’ve used the fitness club at the Loews a few times and they definitely have one too, but maybe less family-oriented.

      For activities – I think 5 is a great age for the Franklin Institute. The Please Touch Museum is great – you’d need to take a cab if you’re staying in Center City. If it’s not too cold, mini golf in Franklin Square is fun, and not too far from Franklin Fountain (fantastic ice cream and hot chocolate in Old City).

  4. thalia says:

    Should I buy an onbuhimo baby carrier? I have way too many baby carriers (maybe 10-12? mostly woven wraps but also a meh dai, ring sling, and soft structured carrier). But onbu’s are nice because there’s no waist strap and I’m hoping to be pregnant with #2 soon. They’re on sale at 5mr.com today and the money’s not an issue, but I’m just feeling guilty because I already have more baby-carrying devices than I can reasonably use. (But I love them all and enjoy having such a variety of choices!)

    • I haven’t personally used one. I wonder how supportive they are for a toddler. I used a woven wrap when I was pregnant with #2 and it worked OK. It was a beast getting a two year old up on my back when very pregnant, though. I had just started wrapping so it took me a while!

  5. Marilla says:

    Not sure if this will nest properly on mobile but for early childhood parenting I like How Toddlers Thrive by Tovah P Klein. How to Talk So Little Kids will Listen is also good but I agree seems more pitched at 3-7 than 1-2.

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