I’ve written before about how much I love Pinterest BUT be warned – it’s easy to look at what all these other Moms are doing and feel one (or more) of the following:
1. completely inadequate in your own talents (or lack thereof)
2. anger/frustration….they obviously have too much time on their hands?
3. who cares?! I like doing my own thang’.
There’s no doubt that Pinterest is the next big thing on the web but I urge you to take it all with a grain of salt, as the saying goes. I get a lot of inspiration from Pinterest, don’t get me wrong, but I think it’s important to remember not to get too pressured by social media in our own homes.
I have my own pretty high “mom standards” and it makes me sick if I forget to send in money for penny wars or candy grams at school so never mind most recently when we got so busy that I did NOTHING for St. Patrick’s day around the house. No cute Pinterest framed print outs, no lucky charms cereal, no leprechaun traps like we’ve done in the past and no green milk in the fridge. Luke woke up in the morning and asked “where’s the green milk, mr. leprechaun?!” I told him it was because we didn’t set a trap with gold coins, so he didn’t know to come. Next year we’d do better. (Mom Mental Note: Don’t FORGET the green milk next year!) I felt terrible, a major Mom Fail.
Luke didn’t think twice about it and thanks to him I learned a big lesson in Motherhood. Yes, it’s fun to do all the extra fun decorations, crafts, printables, food recipes and DIY everything holiday related, but don’t stress yourself out over it. It’s just that….extra. At the end of the day if your kids are happy and you are giving them your time and attention that is a Mom Win. The most important Win, in my opinion. Your kids would rather you be happy and not do any of that stuff but good ole’ fashion hide and seek, chalk drawing on the driveway and boxed chocolate brownies. Kids just don’t care that you made your own scented chalk, they just care that you’re present and in the moment with them having fun.
So next time you see that adorable Pinterest or Facebook post that looks like something you want to try – first think, “can I realistically do this right now?” and if you can – DO IT and have fun doing it! But if you feel like it just might put you over the edge and completely stress you out save it for another day and don’t put any mom guilt on yourself. Don’t get caught up in the hype of “keeping up with the Jones’ ” because you don’t always have to be trying to achieve the biggest and best for your kids, sometimes just the simplicity of things is the most fun.