Ahh Pinterest...that amazing place we can go to search for ideas, recipes, crafts, inspiration, and a wide range of other topics. If you are anything like me, when you first signed into Pinterest, you were awestruck. I would literally spend hours just scrolling through ideas and pinning them left and right.
Eventually I had boards covering every topic you could think of, and tons of plans for which ones I would try first. Forget store bought Valentines, this year we would make our own. Halloween costumes? I was going to make us a matching family set. Never mind those boring cake and cookie mixes in a box, the kids and I would make Santa's cookies from scratch and even decorate them like that cute picture I had pinned in my "Christmas Cookie Board."
I am a busy mom of 2 young kids, 8 fur babies, and recently 4 fish. I am also a perfectionist with more anxiety than I would like to admit. The truth is, most of the Pinterest ideas I have tried have actually ended up as "Pinterest Fails" with someone in tears. I would obsess over making my project look exactly like the picture, to the point where I took it as a personal failure when they didn't. I am not very free flowing with my creativity, I like structure and guidelines.
The "mom shaming" I endured was more in my own head than from other moms. I would feel guilty going into school with store bought cookies or items that didn't pass my high Pinterest standards. Letting my kids make holiday crafts became so stressful that it just wasn't fun for any of us any more. I knew that something had to change, and quick.
Taking a step back and looking at the big picture, I can now say that having a "Pinterest Fail" moment does not make anyone a bad mom. Are you perfect? No! No mom is, and that is ok. Keep in mind that you are trying to achieve a goal you set based on someone else's idea. Of course it is going to have your own spin on it. We are all different and have many skill sets, so no two people are going to be able to make the exact same thing happen every time. Some of the things on Pinterest are made by professionals who do this for a living, so we shouldn't be too hard on ourselves if ours turn out a little "wonky."
We live in a fast paced and busy world, where it is hard not to get sucked into the idea of perfection. Found a new idea you want to try out? Go for it; but always rewarded your effort, no matter the final outcome. Let go of the guilt and the internal mom shaming and have fun with Pinterest. I now have an "I Did It" board. Not all of these things turned out as huge successes, but at least I can say I tried them. I am still a huge fan of Pinterest and love to go there for inspiration. Now I just try to be realistic with my own expectations and have fun with my family.
Check out the boards and pins on my page and see what new ideas you may want to try.
What "Pinterest Fail" have you experienced? Comment below.
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