I’ve read a couple of blog posts lately about how Pinterest will ruin your life and it’s best just to stay away from it. I’m a little torn about this. I love Pinterest and have found some great recipes and other inspiration there. That said, Pinterest can really distort your view of life.
Our Best Bites (one of my favorite food blogs) has a hilarious list of “what it takes to be an ideal wife and mother” according to Pinterest. I will freely admit doing a couple of these items and wanting to do a couple more. Taken as a whole the list is ridiculous (as it was meant to be!), but I think some people really buy into this weird ideal, especially when it comes to motherhood.
Another favorite blog, Momastery, gave another view of Pinterest. As in, it’s so much pressure that she’s not even going there. I love Glennon and her reminders that you don’t have to love every minute of motherhood. And I totally agree about the bananas.
I fully admit that on a bad day, Pinterest is not the place to go. If your ego has already taken a hit, stay away! There’s just too much perfection, too many beautiful photos of things I’ll never do.
But on a normal day? I’m all over Pinterest. I can look at all the gorgeous furniture made from pallets, the painted mason jars, and the over the top birthday party decorations and appreciate them for the art they are, never feeling the need to try my hand at such lofty pursuits.
I think that we’ve lost the ability to admire what others have done without feeling pressured to do the same.
- With my last baby, I made my own baby food, but I don’t expect you to do the same.
- My sister-in-law eats all organic food and grass-fed beef. I don’t and I’m fine with that.
- Another sister-in-law plays with her boys for hours at a time. I can only last about 20 minutes.
A very nice lady I know makes her kids breakfast every day. She told a few school moms this after a PTO meeting. We turned on her like a pack of piranha. This wonderful mama was met with cries of “Your kids will never leave!” and “You’re spoiling them!” She ignored all of us, thankfully. We weren’t exactly being supportive.
Here’s my secret to Pinterest sanity. If I find something really interesting, I mentally try it on and see how it fits. Homemade baby food seemed like a tight fit, but worth trying on. Super easy slow cooker recipes? Now that fits like my favorite yoga pants. Pallet art is like a pair of jeans 4 sizes too small. That goes back on the rack and I’m happily looking at the next thing.
What’s your secret to Pinterest sanity?