Why Pinterest Can Bite Me!

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Need to DIY a holiday wreath? There’s a pin for that! Need an idea for your son’s 5th birthday party theme? There’s a pin for that! Want to make something with the ingredients in your fridge, there’s bound to be a recipe on Pinterest that will work. It’s easy to see why Pinterest has gained so much popularity. But when I look at Pinterest I start to tense up, get flustered and feel inadequate.

Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy reading 100 household uses for vinegar just as much as the next girl, but what I don’t need is one more reason to feel ridiculous amounts of mom guilt. You see, if a mother’s ability to craft, DIY, and make jewelry were requirements for parenthood, they’d have banned me by now!

Why do we put so much pressure on ourselves? What should be about creative expression and fun crafts with the kids, turns into a competition to make ours just as good as the one on Pinterest…while Pinterest has endless options, we may not have endless resources, or time, or desire.

My daughter will be the one bringing a box of valentine’s from the dollar store, and if our bank account allows for it, there may even be a box of candy hearts to go along with it. What she will not have is a picture of herself with her hand outstretched, offering a 3D lollipop to each of her classmates. Not because it’s not cute. But because that would require me fighting with her to get a picture that would work, uploading it, printing it, driving to pick them up, buying lollipops for 22 children, and staying up way past my bedtime to quietly curse at the 5 prints I accidently destroyed trying to poke a sucker stick through them. Then, going to bed at an ungodly hour and waking up to a daughter who thought she would be getting cutesy valentines- but instead is taking a box of dollar store Valentine’s and some candy hearts because I didn’t think to order extra prints to replace the ones that I was going to destroy- and one hour photo closes before the dollar store…

Why do we put so much pressure on ourselves? What should be about creative expression and fun crafts with the kids, turns into a competition to make ours just as good as the one on pinterest, or better than the valentine’s made by the mother who brought the wreath made of Crayola crayons for the teacher on the first day of school. 

While Pinterest has endless options, we may not have endless resources, or time, or desire. Is it wrong to suggest that maybe we start focusing on different kinds of things?  For example, today, I was the best mom that I could be with all of the things that I worry about and juggle. And that’s totally worthy of admiration. In short, Pinterest can bite me.  I get that Pinterest can be useful, and a fun way to spend some time, but I’m going to take a pinning hiatus and stop stressing about my toilet paper roll truck that is falling apart- my kids love it and isn't THAT the more important thing here? 

What do you think? Are you a Pinterest fan? Does it stress you out or just inspire your creatively?

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Why Pinterest Can Bite Me!

Jeanna Strassburg is a wife, and mother of three, who enjoys kitchen dance parties and summer time! Jeanna received her bachelor’s degree in Education from Brigham Young University-Idaho in April of 2007. She enjoys spending her time cooking, cleaning and tending to the proper duties of a stay at home mother… NOPE! Truthfully, she enjoys eating the food, but not making it or cleaning up after it. She likes to have a clean home, but loathes laundry and dishes. Loves her children, but coul ... More

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  1. Shea says:

    I enjoy Pinterest. I don’t feel guilty. If I don’t like it or can’t do it so be it. But, love ideas they give and I crochet alot so I have gotten great ideas for some beautiful patterns. The recipes are great . The garden sections ~ oh I could go on but honestly I just find it inspirational.

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