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I'm One of Those Evil Pinterest Moms

So. I guess there’s a big to-do happening all over the internet about Pinterest moms lately. I’ve heard the snarky comments about perfect birthday parties and homemade Valentines.

 

Surf-Shack-Birthday-Party

Nope. I’ll never do this, either. But isn’t it gorgeous? Source

Here’s my deal. I consider myself a Pinterest mom, because I’m one of those bloggers who enjoys making things with my kids and posting about them as ideas other people may want to try. I enjoy making the projects myself. I LOVE setting up the photos and finding the right light, the best angles, deciding which of the zillion pics I’ve taken will make the cut.

string egg craft from Tiny Rotten Peanuts

Embroidery Thread Easter Eggs

It makes me feel amazing when someone tells me, Or better yet shows me that they have made my project with their kids. And I’m massively inspired by the other Pinterest moms out there. There are some awesome ideas and resources free for the collecting, right onto my Pinterest boards.

I know I won’t do most of these things with my kids, but I also know I’m not going to have the $6 million dollars worth of homes and fashion and items that I pin to my other boards. This is what Pinterest is: a collection area for things you like. And I like to collect things I like. Apparently some other people do, too, because Pinterest is a pretty big site.
Visit Tiny Rotten Peanuts’s profile on Pinterest.

Here’s what I do if I don’t like things I see on Pinterest: I unfollow that person or that particular board. Then, as if by magic, the pins I don’t want to see any more vanish from my stream. It’s awesome.

I have no interest in setting up a special outdoor learning environment, printing out chore charts, or throwing any sort of a homemade birthday party, but that doesn’t make me a bad parent. Nor do I feel threatened by people who want to do these things. They don’t care if I do these things or not- why should they? They’re just presenting these ideas for the people who ARE interested, and I’m assuming it’s without malicious intent. Although you never know.

Here is my unsolicited advice to anyone who is getting their panties in a bunch about Pinterest kid activities:

1. Don’t read about them.

2. Stay off Pinterest, or unfollow those boards/pinners.

3. Go get yourself some therapy if these sorts of things make you feel that insecure about yourself as a parent.

We aren’t trying to make anyone feel inferior. We’re not judging you if you want to ruin your kids’ futures and keep them from enriching their lives. (KIDDING! You sensitive sallies.)

Kid bloggers and Pinterest moms are the first to admit they aren’t perfect, but they are passionate about providing resources to other moms, caregivers, homeschoolers, and people who are looking for these ideas. And again, it’s FREE. Even if you don’t want to do these things with your kids at home, isn’t it cool that their teachers and caregivers have access to all of these ideas?

If none of this has lightened the mood a bit and convinced you we’re not out to prove our superiority, here’s a picture of what my kitchen counter looks like much of the time:

counter

It’s because I choose to spend my time making and doing things I enjoy with my kids instead of keeping house.

We love you, non-Pinterest moms, and you’re fine just the way you are.

What do you think?

Written by Joanne Gonzales

Joanne Gonzales has a passion for getting creative. Whether she is making personalized DIY gifts or taking part in larger arts and crafts projects, she puts her all into making new and beautiful things.

She lives with a group of close friends and believes in the natural way of life. Joanne has built an outdoor arts and crafts gallery that overlooks the countryside in her hometown, which is where all of her creations come to life.

Art started off as a hobby, but over time Joanne has mastered her skills and sold some of her favorite pieces. She works full time as a florist and has done for many years. It helps keep her creative juices flowing and she hopes to one day open her own florist shop with a twist.

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  1. I think I’ve said this before, but you are SO COOL. I love the picture of your kitchen counter, which looks pretty much like mine.

    I remember once going into my toddler-and-me ECFE class (that’s early childhood family education, for those who don’t live in Minnesota or another enlightened state that offers this through the school district for practically free for parents of birth to age five kiddos – write your state legislators!)…

    ..and ANYWAY, I was listening to all these moms complaining about how they they only had time to vacuum the house three times a week and so on (VACUUM?!) so I brought in a picture of my house, taken from my kitchen through my dining room and into my living room, and the entire place was covered in clutter – art supplies, projects, pillows from a pillow fort, dishes, mail, whatever, just clutter, and I told them what the Baby Visitor (another cool service, someone who comes to your house to see if you need help and hook you up with things like lactation support, give you a free baby sling, etc) had said when I first had my baby (5 weeks early and after only two hours of labor – SURPRISE!)…

    ANYWAY, what she said was, “if your house is clean, you’re not paying enough attention to your baby” (and I’ve changed that last word over the years so that now it is Third Grader – ha). And everyone in the room kind of got really quiet when they looked at my picture, and I said, “well, I guess I’ll know who my real friends are after this” and everyone kind of laughed uncomfortably, but one mom who was in class that day came up to me after and asked if I wanted to hang out and today, six years later, she is my best friend (even though her house is pretty much always clean).

    ANYWAY, I have heard those same snarky comments about moms who “try too hard”, and once when I (along with many other moms) made cupcakes for an ECFE fundraiser, and for fun, I kinda went all out and made these really fun cupcakes from pictures on Pinterest, I actually overheard some moms talking about my cupcakes in a disparaging way, saying who was I trying to impress,wasn’t it a bit over the top, and so on, (of course they didn’t know whose cupcakes they were), and I just thought, SHEESH, REALLY?!

    ANYWAY, I know your post up there is old, but did I mention how COOL I think you are? I really do.

    • WOW! And thank you. And I absolutely love the story of your best friend- that’s pretty much the best way to find a BFF. 🙂 Whew! To be judged for your messy house AND your Pinterest cupcakes? Exhausting. Don’t get me wrong, I would love a clean house, but it’s not even going to remotely happen for a while. Thanks for your awesome comment.

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