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A Week of Outfits: Anton

Week of Outfits: Anton

Now that Anton is 5 1/2, he has gotten into defining his own style — from cowboy hats to shark tees. His approach matches his animal-loving, rough-and-tumble personality, and he was excited to take some pictures. Here, Anton shares five go-to looks (and some shark fun facts!)…

Week of Outfits: Anton

Jacket: Uniqlo. Tee: The Mountain. Cargo pants: Uniqlo, similar. Boots: Western Spirit. Hat: Aeromax.

“I got this cowboy hat for Halloween. You can carry things on it. At the grocery store, I put oyster crackers in it for a second. This is a cheetah shirt. Everyone thinks it’s a lion. But it’s a cheetah. They’re the fastest runners.”

Week of Outfits: Anton

Jacket: Uniqlo. Sweater: H&M, similar. Cargo pants: Uniqlo, similar. Boots: Western Spirit.

“I got these boots on Halloween, too. Some people don’t say anything about my cowboy boots, but some people are like, ‘Hello! I love your boots!’ Some people are even like, ‘I love your boots so much that I have to sing about those boots-boots-boo-boo-boots!'”

Week of Outfits: Anton

“My friend gave me this clip at recess. I put it on my sweater. People can put things on their shirts.”

Anton's week of outfits

Tee: The Mountain. Pants: similar. Boots: Western Spirit.

“Here, I was looking at the ceiling at the aquarium. There were pretty lights and pretty stars. There are whale sharks there. I love sharks. Dad let me watch part of Sharknado. I told my friends that my T-shirt has a picture of our pet shark. Maybe don’t tell them we don’t have a pet shark. ”

Week of Outfits: Anton

Pajama top (worn as regular top): Primary. Pants: similar. Backpack: SoYoung.

“Green is my favorite color. I like this shark backpack. I like how sharks have dark eyes, almost black. If they’re deep in the ocean, they can still see. But you couldn’t see them. You would have to get out of there.”

Week of Outfits: Anton

Sweater: babaà (gift). Pants: babaà (gift).

“This is my comfiest outfit. It feels like pajamas, but it’s not pajamas. I just like being cool. I don’t know, I just know. When I grow up, I’m definitely going to have a belt. I’m going to wear what Dad wears. I mean, I’m going to wear a button down shirt, a belt and a beard. When I grow up, I might actually BE Dad.”

P.S. Talking to kids, and more weeks of outfits — including Toby’s! :)

  1. Lisa J says...

    Favorite post EVER!!!

  2. Toni says...

    What a treat! I legit laughed out loud reading this. Is Anton going to be a regular contributor?

  3. Melissa OMahony says...

    This is my FAVORITE post!!!!

  4. My all time FAVORITE week of outfits! Thanks Anton!

  5. Angela says...

    It is my favorite thing when little boys want to be dads. Even more favorite is when they want to be THEIR dad. What a precious, precious thing!

  6. hahaha! This was toooo cute and funny! love! xoxox Anton!

  7. Lulu says...

    He and Toby are the coolest cats around.

  8. Lauren says...

    “My friend gave me this clip at recess…”

    He’s such a doll.

  9. jade lees says...

    “When I grow up, I’m definitely going to have a belt.”

    I know when I was Anton’s age I similarly lusted after a wallet. I couldn’t wait to have an actual wallet for my bus pass.

  10. Laura says...

    yes love these never stop

  11. “When I grow up, I’m definitely going to have a belt.”

    All the heart eyes!

  12. Jan says...

    Best post ever on coj.Anton start blogging, you’re too cool

  13. Jackie says...

    This was an absolute joy!!! Especially on a Monday

    What a wonderful bright kiddo you have – thank you for gifting him such wonder (and sharing him)

  14. This post (and the comments) are a treat. You go, Anton!

  15. Heather says...

    What a sweet little bunny! Love those boots. Thanks for sharing Joanna and Anton!

  16. Elspeth says...

    Anton is gonna be a great Dad!

  17. Wendy Leonardo says...

    The sunglasses! Can we get a source for those?

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      Yes! They’re from warby Parker — they were a gift from our family friend.

  18. Jen says...

    I can’t believe my baby, I mean your baby is 5 and a half. He’s so cool.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      Hahahahaha

  19. trisha tuazon says...

    ❤❤❤

  20. Jodie says...

    This is for Anton: I can see how some adults might mistake your cheetah for a lion, sometimes adults how other things on their minds. The spots are a dead give away though!! As for your comfy, but not P.J’s…..I wish they came in my size. Stay Cool!!

  21. Melissa Y Allam says...

    He is so funny and smart! His comments make me laugh so much!

  22. rachel says...

    i smiled IMMEDIATELY upon reading the title!!! love it.

  23. Tori says...

    This is just the sweetest. I love little kid outfits and a peak into their thoughts. My 3 year old picks the craziest color and pattern combos and they’re just the best. Makes me smile. Thanks for sharing, Anton!!

  24. Michelle says...

    You’ve got to get him into scuba diving! Kids can start learning with PADI when they are 10 years old. He really can swim with sharks :)

  25. Nan says...

    Great job, Anton! He definitely has that “je ne sais quoi” and this reader will look forward to seeing more really cool outfits and reading more random cool thoughts from him. :-)

  26. Kelsey says...

    My favorite Week of Outfits so far! ❤️❤️❤️

  27. Elizabeth says...

    I got this cowboy hat for Halloween. You can carry things on it.

    EVERYTHING!

  28. Mary says...

    Thank you for this. Really needed a joyous and beautiful outlook on life and the future today. Cheers to you & your little dude.

  29. Monica says...

    ❤️❤️❤️

  30. Missy says...

    Oh, my! What a cutie! He is the best. I’m going to start wearing clips, too.

  31. Dana says...

    What a cool little guy. I love his narrative…”maybe don’t tell them we don’t have a pet shark.” You have my word, Anton!

  32. Elizabeth says...

    “Pajama top (worn as regular top)” is a BIG mood

  33. Christine Baerg says...

    You and Alex are doing such a great job raising your children. My husband only wears ‘Mountain’ shirts. I’ll have to show him Anton’s shirts.

  34. Stephanie says...

    That quote about the clip is hilarious. Also, I’ve been waiting to learn more about Toby’s favorite red pants!

  35. JC says...

    Loved this. My nearly 6-year-old loves wearing “animal shirts” as well.

    And that sweater is from COS! We were eyeing that, but we went for the polka-dot one instead. (COS has a small but terrific selection of quality kiddie clothes, and their sales are great.)

  36. Catherine says...

    So much Dad love!! I love that!

  37. Laura C. says...

    No but REALLY
    ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

  38. Susan says...

    Just this: Oh my goodness…a little fashionista in the making! He is soooo cool!

  39. Jenifer Brunner says...

    Cowboy boots can make any outfit and sharks and cheetahs what’s not to love! Anton will be the next style influencer and will put others to shame! Go Anton!

  40. Melissa says...

    Swoon. You don’t need a button-down shirt or a belt or a beard; the tooth gap and the bulldog clip (so adorable) are already doing the trick. I think I might wear a clip tomorrow.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      :) :) :)

    • Julia says...

      My boyfriend sticks those clips to his shirt collar though the work day and I will second that its v cute

  41. Anna says...

    This is definitely my favourite week in outfits post of all time.

  42. Diane says...

    If you could have a “best day ever” in a blog post – that was it!

  43. I just can’t with this entire post (and all the comments). I just can’t. I work in an open office environment and totally failing at laughing/crying. BEST POST EVER. Love!

  44. amanda says...

    Just LOVE LOVE LOVE reading these chats with your boys. ❤️ What cool guys!

  45. Maiz says...

    (Somewhere, three thousand miles away, a woman sings, “Boots-boots-boo-boo-boots!”)

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      hahahaha <3

  46. Maiz says...

    FOR. THE. WIN.

  47. erica says...

    Antoni Bobboni : STYLE ICON
    (day made – thank you!)

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      hahaha

  48. Wendy says...

    Love!!

  49. Kristin says...

    Thank you, Anton! I am having THE WORST day at work and this really put a much needed smile on my face.

    • Keli says...

      Same!

  50. Sarah says...

    I’m so inspired by the cowboy boots with animal t shirts. I have a cheetah shirt too and I think I’m going to wear it with boots tomorrow!

  51. Mouse says...

    Yup, he def does win the Internet. The boots….the hat…the Anton….

  52. Ceridwen says...

    This is the loveliest.

  53. Katherine says...

    Kudos to you mama for nurturing and encouraging your boys to explore and cultivate their own style. Each has such a unique personality and their outfits are one way they get to communicate that part of themselves to the world. Children are more than capable of dressing themselves and by allowing them the freedom to do so, you get to see how they wish to express themselves. Tell Anton that this Texas girl more than approves of his cowboy boots (they definitely aren’t just for Halloween!).

  54. Mullica says...

    Anton. You have great style and such a great sense of who you are. I love it.

  55. Lauren says...

    Really great kid. Never change, Anton.

  56. CathyMA says...

    The last line is wonderful!!!!!! What a charming little interview. Love this!

  57. What a wonderful idea! When we let kids make deliberate choices about getting dressed, wonderful things can happen!

  58. My uterus and heart cannot actually handle this comment, I just like being cool. I don’t know, I just know. When I grow up, I’m definitely going to have a belt. I’m going to wear what Dad wears. I mean, I’m going to wear a button down shirt, a belt and a beard. When I grow up, I might actually BE Dad.” You have the coolest kits. Anton, when ou grow up you will have the COOLEST belt.

  59. Elizabeth says...

    Anton, you are so stylish! I want to dress more like you. That pink clip on your sweater is my favorite part of your outfit. Now I am going to have to get some clips for my wardrobe, too.

  60. alice says...

    “When I grow up, I’m definitely going to have a belt.”

    These are the kind of life goals we need. Less anxiety ridden, high-achieving, targets – just the beauty of belt ownership. Anton, you’re an absolute gem!

  61. Cynthia says...

    This my favorite week of outfits post. Anton is one cool dude. I wear my cowboy boots with with many different outfits, as March to the beat of my own drum.

  62. gfy says...

    Ca-ute!
    Has Anton seen the Ocean Ramsey Insta feed? He would LOVE it – especially the video’s. She is a shark researcher/conservationist – here’s a link:
    https://www.instagram.com/p/BsxaxLcFEE0/
    Also, here is my favorite video on the topic of shark aggression – kid friendly – SUPER interesting imo:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HTdlMC6NZU4
    Since Anton is into animals, like me!, maybe watch her video on the panther, Spirit, as well – mind blowing! Lot’s of love to a fellow animal lover!

  63. Claire Miller says...

    Kids aren’t really my thing. But your kids. Ridiculous! Okay, so maybe it’s not that kids aren’t my thing in general, but some kids are just cool. Yours seem like the cool kind.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      awww haha :)

  64. Emma says...

    Haha telling his friends the picture is his pet shark and the clip on his sweater! So sweet from start to finish. It reminds me of the time I told my friends the stair case in our one story home was in the linen closet. I wanted a two story so badly! Haha

  65. Lisa says...

    Dude a five year old has more style than I do.

  66. Tami says...

    Kids are the best people.
    And, the best kept secret to cool kids outfits are pajama tops and bottoms.
    Fun PJ prints mixed in with everyday clothes always work. Whenever my 6 y/o son wears PJ bottoms with solid tees and a jean jacket we get stopped everywhere we go by Moms wanting to know where we get our clothes.

  67. Katie says...

    Well this was such a wonderful start to my Monday. What a sweetheart!!

  68. E says...

    I LOVE his boot-wearing style!

  69. Laura says...

    My nephew is around the same age and is also SO INTO SHARKS.

  70. Shena Baruch Hays says...

    That was the best one yet! I especially love the paper clip addition. How fun for him and for you to do this shoot!! So cute.

  71. Tara Sharp says...

    Your best ever post

  72. Sarah says...

    Can we have a recap of your favorite outfits from when you started the blog til now? I love seeing style evolutions and yours would be fun to see pre motherhood, post pregnancy, and now defining your own style !

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      that’s such a fun idea :) i’d love to work on this!

    • Love this idea!

    • J says...

      Me too! As a relatively new mother whose style has made the quick decline towards yoga pants and sweatshirts and showers every few days, I’ve taken solace in the women featured on this blog who somehow to be mothers AND have great style. My current theory is that motherhood makes you less stylish for a time, then more stylish because you grow to appreciate the good feelings that beauty brings to your body.

  73. Kelli says...

    He reminds me of a mini Owen Wilson! :)

  74. jenn says...

    he’s starting to look so much like Alex! :]

  75. Michelle says...

    My little is still very little (14 months), so I’m curious: how much input do your guys have into the clothes you buy for them (vs. what they choose to wear that day)? And if they are involved in the shopping process, how does this play out? I do >90% of my clothes shopping online and am not sure how a little one would get involved.

    Also, lol at BE Dad. ❤️

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      good question! i buy the basics — tees, jeans, a pair of leggings — based on what i can see they gravitate to each day. (anton loves chinos or jeans, toby only wears leggings at this point:) and then they get special things now and again, like anton’s shark tee from santa and his cowboy boots on halloween. they don’t usually help pick clothes out, but our choices will be based on what they clearly like. if that makes sense! :)

    • Whitney Olson says...

      I have 3 little girls and we do the same as Joanna with their clothes. I pick most of their stuff while online shopping that I know they like (dresses with pockets, basic tank tops and shorts) and then every so often we might spot a shirt with the moon and rockets on it or a skirt in a pretty blue (a fav color to my 4 year old) and fun material.

      So, every morning my girls pick out their own clothes which makes them feel self-sufficient. Also, because my girls don’t spend any time in malls (we visit the Lego store occasionally) and stores shopping for clothes, their relationship with clothes is seen as a fun necessity, but they never worry about having more, looking a certain way, and my oldest (elementary) has never asked for any clothes her classmates wear. They give very little thought to their clothes once they are dressed and the rest of their time is spent playing and exploring.

      Lastly, my sister once said she makes her kids shop with her so that they know the time and effort that goes into it and will appreciate their clothes more and not leave them on the floor. I just teach my kids that we take care of our things and they know that clothes don’t get tossed on the floor when they come off. Everyone has their own ways for their own reasons.

    • Hannah says...

      Our little guy didn’t start to be interested in clothes until 3.5, and I usually hear that 3-4 years old is a time when many kids start to develop favorites. The stage before that is when they get interested in and learn to put on their clothes by themselves. So until they’re 3 or so, focus on basics that will fit loosely enough for them to nurture their self-care interests. Hand me downs that are a size or two too big are great for this! When our little guy turned 3, we started buying dinosaur t-shirts, funky hats, etc to see how he might develop favorites. As it turns out, he only wants to look like his daddy, so he’s big on shirts with buttons and ties!

    • Robin says...

      90% of my kids’ clothes (age 5 and 2) are hand me downs, so we don’t do much shopping, but if they need something specific then I usually find some options that I think they’ll like (and I like ) and ask what they’d prefer. Or sometimes my older son will request something, like overalls or taller socks. Never show a kid any option you aren’t willing to buy for them! Definite advantage of online shopping:)

  76. Carrie says...

    “People can put things on their shirts.”- I laughed so hard at this.

    Every time you do interviews with your boys I am just beyond delighted. Absolutely no better way to start a week!

  77. Nina says...

    YES

  78. Deb says...

    Both Anton and Toby are total style icons. All heart eyes for those two!

  79. I love Anton’s sense of humor! He’s got great style. Also, he looks so much like you.

  80. Sheena says...

    I get a kick out of Anton’s hands in his pockets in his pictures for some reason. He reminds me of someone older and young at the same time.

  81. Carly says...

    That was incredibly adorable and just what I needed during the wintry mix we’re having!

  82. Dee says...

    OMG… so adorable! Makes me wish my 21-year-old was that age again, but then I remember the preteen years and I don’t!

  83. Emma says...

    He is Just. Too. Cute. Outrageously cute.

  84. Lauren says...

    Stop it. Is there anything more fascinating than listening to a child talk?! I think not.

  85. Leah says...

    I mean I was already broody but now I’m B R O O D Y.

  86. Beth says...

    I adore this! Maybe don’t tell them we don’t have a pet shark. His voice and personality come through in his outfits. My 6 year old has a very distinct style and has always wanted to pick out his sporty ensembles. He’s the reason I’ve let go of any real input and it’s been liberating. Plus, some of his kindergarten classmates can be seen sporting his signature styles. I can still get him to dress up if I tell him it’s dressing like Dad.

  87. Debbie says...

    I LOVE the picture of Anton at the aquarium. His face is full of the wonder of childhood. What a priceless picture to have has he gets older. And he rocks those cowboy boots. What a great kid.

  88. Abbie says...

    My boys also LOVE belts, and dressing just like dad. Love everything about this sweet sweet post!

  89. Steph says...

    So endearing! Love the style and the sweet personality. Lucky mama!

  90. Liz says...

    Precious!!!

  91. Elise says...

    Oh my heart! This is the best. Going to share with my own five-year-old guy.

  92. Heather says...

    This is priceless!!!! Thank you for sharing!

  93. E says...

    “I might actually BE dad.” Wouldn’t be a bad thing, Anton!

  94. Ellen says...

    Love love love this. Anton is one stylin’ kid.

  95. Sophia says...

    Omg I want Anton’s shark t-shirt! He’s so adorable.

  96. Lindsey says...

    I’m literally going to Uniqlos site now to see if they have that jacket in my size! Thanks for sharing your sweet little dudes!

  97. Brooke says...

    Absolutely adorable! You must be so proud of him and rightfully so!

  98. Lisa says...

    This is too gorgeous. Anton has such a bold and distinctive style!

    My son has really been into his clothes since he was about 2.5, which can make getting him dressed very challenging, but it’s sweet how much he cares. He LOVES it when he gets to wear something like papa.

  99. Jessa says...

    This. Was amazing.

  100. Thanks for rescuing me from this rainy Monday morning! I have a job interview this afternoon that I’m feeling a little nervous about, so I’m switching from my boring black pumps to my (still kind of boring) black boots to channel this guys cool kid ‘tude. Needed this today, thanks! Anton is already a style icon.

  101. “when I grow up I might BE dad”! All the heart eyes for your sweet boys. They have such adorable, distinct personalities!! Anton has a great sense of style. Keep being you, little buddy! I also want to meet the person who sang about his boots. That person is clearly awesome.

  102. Marlena says...

    I feel like there is a little Anton in us all, if we could just tap into it. :) I’m snapping on some binder clips to my collar as I type this, because dude. That’s cool. To Anton!!

  103. Haylie says...

    “Everyone thinks it’s a lion. But it’s a cheetah. They’re the fastest runners” made me feel SO SEEN.

  104. Kids should have their words narrated much more than they do. It’s hilarious to read and such a great reminder of how much we can lose our authentic voice as we age.
    Such a sweetheart!

  105. Karen says...

    I literally squealed at my desk with excitement when I scrolled and saw the topic on this morning’s blog post. Thanks for making my day, Anton!

  106. Nykole says...

    By far, the very best Week of Outfits, featuring practical suggestions (avoid sharks!) and a healthy dose of aspiration (belts!!!).

  107. Sandy says...

    Anton is my spirit animal.

  108. Stephanie says...

    This brightened my day so much! Just the cutest. While I folded laundry yesterday, I was thinking about how much I was dreading my 4 year old getting his own fashion sense cause I love dressing him. This was much needed insight into what’s to come, some much cuteness and a widening window into his personality.

  109. Jen says...

    OMGeeeeeez!!!!

  110. AJ says...

    Seriously cool and mega stylish. He just knows, like he said!

  111. Becky says...

    Such a cutie with a ton of personality!

  112. Allison says...

    reading this post is a great way to start the day – love the joy and personality!

  113. omg. you are so good at capturing your boys’ little kid dialect and thoughts!

    Question for all: when did you let your kids start dressing themselves? I have a just-turned 3-year-old who has Opinions about her clothes, but I don’t want to give up my control, haha. Right now we probably do 50-50. I’m scared if I let her dress herself, she’ll think she gets to do that ALL the time, and then on special occasions it will be a battle royal if I want to pick out her outfit!

    • Alexis says...

      Probably around 3? He is 4.5 now. Prior, he definitely had favorite tops and always gravitated towards them. Sadly (thankfully!!), he outgrew that Wings, Tampa tshirt. I’m okay with him dressing himself, because it saves me time and arguing. I buy pretty basic stuff for him, so it’s easy to mix/match. Lots of Primary, H&M, Hanna Andersson (he’s skinny and their kickstart pants/jeans are the only things that work), Tea Collection… We only get into fights when he has to wear longjohns.

    • Elizabethkatt says...

      Hahaha my 3-year-old dresses herself 100% (though I’ll step in to make her “weather appropriate”), and we certainly have some WEIRD days. Today she is wearing a bathing suit and a lot of gold jewelry around the house. When I raised my eyebrows, she told me that she plans to put a sweater and pants over her bathing suit when we go to her friend’s house later. But I find if I tell her in advance she will have to wear something, she pretty much complies…e.g., “We are going to a wedding. The rule is that you wear your green dress to a wedding.” But she will still want to choose her own tights and shoes haha. Good luck with yours!

    • Hilary says...

      I’m the mama to a little babe so no first hand advice, but as a teacher I try to adopt a “just say yes” attitude if it’s not something that has a huge effect on me or others. Want to wear llama pajamas and a tutu? Sure, why not! It’s not my outfit! I don’t see any cons to them dressing themselves and imagine how much joy it could bring!

    • Anni says...

      I remember going to my oldest friend wedding (we know each other since kindergarten) with my 2 yo daughter dressed in rainboots, a tweety pyjama and her fancy trenchcoat. She was the star of the event…
      I chose not to fight this battle, she chose her clothes from the age 1,5 on alone. I just check if they are too warm or too cold. Now she is 7 and has an incredible sense of style and colour.

    • Alice says...

      I’m with you on this! My biggest problem with my almost 3 year old wanting to dress herself is that she does not abide by weather appropriate attire. We are getting in daily battles over her desire to only wear sleeveless dresses. I tried hiding them, but she found them! I guess I could try a better spot, but any other tips are welcome.

    • Elena says...

      My daughter is five and dresses herself completely. On a good day, it’s Punky Brewster-esque or even a Keith Richards vibe. On a cray day, it’s…. interesting. Watcha gonna do? 🤷‍♀️

      I started when she was 2.5 and would give her choices (just two different outfits) and we’d go from there. Like Elizabeth said, everything has to be weather appropriate and sometimes she has to wear something specific (parties, weddings, etc.).

      At age four I rearranged her drawers so she can dress herself and she’s had to learn to treat her drawers/clothes nicely. (Still working on this, but not bad!) It’s a life saver in the morning, as she can dress herself.

      Enable your child to do as much as they can independently! It benefits both of you and everyone feels great! 🙂

    • Madeline D says...

      My 4 year old has been dressing herself for awhile, even for family pictures. Sometimes I can lead her down a path of choosing something I want, but she has been good at matching the formality of the occasion and I don’t worry about her wearing a swimsuit to a wedding or something like that. As long as she is seasonally appropriate I am okay with it. What I tell myself (and I love) is that all of these pictures capture a moment in time. On X day she wanted to wear neon clogs, a cape, and her favorite bat shirt and a photographer will capture her REAL self!

    • Katharina says...

      We let the kids start dressing themselves as soon as they got an opinion – around three or so?

      The grown ups get to say how warm it has to be (yeah, we‘ve been having a discussion for the last three winters why it is not okay to leave the house in just a shirt and no socks) but the rest is up to them.

      They have very different styles (now 9 and 6 y.o.). Our oldest did only wear skirts or dresses and tights for several years. Never trousers. Now she‘s all into Jeans…

    • Mary says...

      Similar to Hilary below, i try to adopt a “just say yes” attitude with my 3yo. I try to chime in as little as possible. I ask myself “is this unsafe in some way (e.g., weather, temperature, etc.)” and as long as it’s not unsafe, I take a deep breath, smile, and tell her that I think she has great self-expression. Once, she just wanted to wear a shirt with tights. I insisted on either shorts or a skirt over the tights. We finally compromised with shorts UNDER her (very opaque, nearly-looked-like-leggings-anyway) tights. I will sometimes make factual comments “hey, just FYI, usually people don’t wear shirts inside out, but *shrug* inside out is cool too.” As hard as it can be, I actually think it’s a great way for kids to have control over their lives (especially at a time when they tend not to have a lot of control).

    • Chris says...

      I have 2 2 year old grandsons who insist on wearing certain clothes. One needs to pick ones battles as you will find out when she’s a teenager.

    • Haha thanks, all, for sharing your experiences! I think you’ve given me the courage to go for it and let her start fully dressing herself. She’s such an independent kid and I agree with the philosophy that says we should give them control whenever we can, since so much of their little lives is out of their control (also goes along with the body autonomy she’s learning!). I think the trick will be making her clothes visible/accessible, and maybe picking out her outfit the night before to save time in the morning?

    • Midge says...

      When my daughter was 5, she put on a pink flippy skirt, capris, silver ankle boots, and a T-shirt that said “Nike” in neon yellow. Over the Nike shirt went a hot pink patent leather belt. Hanging from the belt was a small tulle bag full of tiny erasers. She asked me to do her hair in a ballerina bun on top of her head. Then she looked in the mirror and said to nobody in particular, “I look FIERCE.”

      I mean, obviously I totally gave up on picking out her clothes at that point. I’d kill for that kind of self-confidence.

  114. Erica says...

    So cute. Love the shout out to Dad <3 The other day my 5yo son said, “Mama, I want to marry Daddy after you’re dead.”

  115. Erin says...

    I think I would fit into the category “loves the boots so much they have to sing about them” haha

  116. Oh. my. gosh. So stinkin’ cute. Kiddos have such an authentic voice.

  117. Sascha says...

    Okay I may just follow my 5 1/2 year old around with a tape recorder and write it down verbatim like this. This was so enjoyable to read!

  118. L8Blmr says...

    Oh these little guys are developing into such uniquely sweet guys! Thanks for sharing them with us….

  119. Love a kid who loves sharks, especially whale sharks! They’re my fave!

    • nadine says...

      mine too!!

  120. Julia says...

    Anton is one cool dude. Those boots are bomb. I also have a 5 year old shark aficionado whose favorite color is green. My little guy is dinosaur crazy, in addition to the sharks, so when we recently learned there was an ancient giant shark called Megalodon it blew his mind.

    What a fun age, right?

  121. stacey says...

    he is precious!

  122. Sonja says...

    I am totally doing a week of outfits with my three-year-old. This was magic!

  123. Isabel says...

    How adorable! I LOVE that he keeps on wearing his halloween boots. This is such a fun age, where they say the cutest and funniest things.

    My five year old says lots of surprising things and I am writing them down in my “notes” app, so that I don’t forget later on. I also write down her questions. From last week:
    “Can you think when you die?”
    “Can you eat yourself?”
    “My favorite part of being the youngest in the family is that I get to die last.” (there’s obviously a theme here)

    And the latest: “Mom, who do you have a crush on other than dad?”
    Me: “Just dad”
    Her: “No, really.”

    • Kate says...

      lol at “No, really.”

    • Whitney Perry says...

      Totally snorted at this.

    • Sarah says...

      “No, really” hahahaha!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      “no really” hahahaha

  124. Holly says...

    Oh my heart!

  125. Jill says...

    Anton is a delightful person. His joy in the little things is infectious! May he always have that spirit.

  126. Gemma Freeman says...

    “I don’t know…I just know”

    YES. Bottle that confidence!

  127. Ann says...

    My nephew went through a shark phase and I totally went overboard on it! How can you not, though!? Your guys are so fashion savvy. I love it!

  128. Amanda says...

    “Pajama top (worn as regular top)” —died laughing.

    This was the greatest way to brighten up my dreary Midwestern Monday.

    Anton rules.

  129. Sharon says...

    Gah, he’s such a cool city kid! I can’t help but think your boys must be influenced by all the great style in NYC. Just the best!

  130. Dee says...

    I could not help but smile reading this! Anton is lovely and has killer style. Those cowboy boots are marvelous!

  131. Sarah Gordon says...

    You really are a lovely example of letting your kiddos be just “who they are” through these little glimpses of their lives. There is an ample number of overly-curated social media accounts of families out there — it really begs so many questions. Yours is a breath of fresh air (in my opinion!) by comparison.

    • Emily says...

      This is a wonderful point, though it didn’t occur to me until you mentioned it. It is refreshing.

  132. Lauren E. says...

    I have to go now, my heart exploded.

  133. The sweetest!

  134. Liz says...

    “People can put things on their shirts.” I’m dying. I love him, Joanna.

  135. Martha says...

    So many fantastic lines in this post. Absolutely adorable.

  136. Meghan says...

    Maybe don’t tell them we don’t have a pet shark 👌🏻 SO SWEET

  137. Heidi says...

    “You would have to get out of there.” Oh man, this kid is the best!

  138. Lainey says...

    Anton you are such a dude! I love your style, especially the boots. My daughter loves tigers and has around six tops with tigers on them (or leopards – we can’t always find tigers) and she’s 11 so you’re well ahead in the cool stakes with your animal tops. This post has really brightened up my day – I can’t wait to see what you wear next!

  139. katie says...

    he is such a doll! love this so much.

  140. Callie says...

    These little humans you’ve got Joanna are very cool and your love for them really shines through!

    My own little humans haven’t yet shown one little bit of interest in their clothes. I’ve asked and given lots of options and my (3.5 y/o) son always just says “you choose for me mama” “but my sneakers so I can run!”

    His (2 y/o) sister sometimes asks for a bow and when she does, he generally wants one too. And so today, I sent him to preschool (my heart bursting with love for him) as he rocked the (admittedly less fashionably than Anton’s) outfit that I picked for him (b/c he didn’t want to choose) with the bow he’d picked out (“to match his sister”).

    This seems to me to be the best part of motherhood so far–watching them become their own unique real people–developing their interests and at times their disinterests.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      oh my gosh, the sweetest!!!!! :) :) :)

  141. I was having kind of a crummy morning until I read this. Thank you, Anton. ;)

    • Laurie says...

      Same. This was just the lift I needed!

  142. Hita says...

    Omg! Heart melted! So adorable!

  143. Allison says...

    This kid is too cool for school. He’s way more fashionable at 5 1/2 than I am as an adult.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      haha he literally helped me pick out my outfit yesterday! :)

    • Mindy says...

      I totally want those shades :)

  144. Mary Beth says...

    This last paragraph is everything.

  145. Tali says...

    Amazing 😂

  146. Traci M says...

    So sweet I loved this! Thank you for the interesting facts Anton!

  147. Abs says...

    What a lovely Monday post! Truly made me smile. Xoxo

  148. Kim says...

    Just……Anton wins the internet. I am going to reread this about a million times.

  149. Kristen says...

    I love everything about this post.

  150. Mindy says...

    Oh man, so cute! My favorite week of outfits yet!