Remember a time when you would click on the TV and watch Martha Stewart show you an amazing new idea on how to organize your home. A great craft or recipe that you could not have ever imagined you would stumble on to from a magazine. Remember when you would bring your kid to the playgroup and beg them to give you the recipe for play dough because your kid loved it. Wow ! Genius ! you never even thought of putting sparkles in it!
Now every mom has a secret weapon, a special little tool in their back pocket (some of us with smart phones – literally) where we can just type in an idea, and POP up come a million answers to it. Its a Crafters Dream, a designers inspiration, a mavens motivator and for a mom it is all those things plus a teaching tool for our children.
Countless times I have racked my brain as a stay at home mom. Trying to come up with fun ideas to do with kids. Crafts that teach them, games that engage them. Most ideas have been from word of mouth or read about and thought up on my own. Now that Pinterest is around I feel that we are all able to feel a bit like “super moms”.
Now I have also heard the negative side of Pinterest. People feeling like everyone is out doing all this stuff! all the time! I am sure no one has that much time on their hands- and if they did- well I would be surprised but I wouldn’t hate on them. “oh you must be one of those ‘pinterest’ moms?” Really, isn’t there enough we have to feel guilty about as a mom. Stuff we should not feel guilty about at all. I guess before Pinterest, there really were just people like Martha Stewart, and I we have all heard the numerous quips about her.
I think that people should just relax and see Pinterest for what it is – not as something that they need to live up to or some sort of standards. If there cake doesn’t turn out “just right”, or the party isn’t everything it could have been. There is a huge amount of “mommy guilt” from what we see on Pinterest. Sure- I buy it. The countless times I have tried a Pinterest endeavor and it failed miserably. Was there any guilt on my part? Maybe high expectations because I saw how amazing it could have been? Do I think I am a sucky Mom because I tried to do something really awesome and failed? No… that’s life and I am just a Mom. Sometimes we win, sometimes we lose. Sometimes we end up with a big pile of sticky dough and there doesn’t seem to be enough flour in the world to fix it. Life goes on…
I am just going to keep on keeping on… I will get lost in the hours looking through tons of Pinterest pages, filling my boards with fun ideas (most of which I will probably never ever look at again). I will share all my good ideas too because I am proud to be able to give a little back once in a while. My plan will also include doing as many fun things with my kids as I can because I have a window that is open to them. How could I possibly shut this window and not even try to show them all the fun ideas that are out there. Ideas that have blown my mind, ideas that I chat about with other moms over coffee… “hey, I saw this thing on Pinterest..” . You know you do it too…
Until then… Happy Pinning !!