Do Pinterest Fails = Bad Moms?

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."
Enter reality:
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.
Lesson Learned:
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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26 thoughts on “Do Pinterest Fails = Bad Moms?

  • December 22, 2016 at 8:24 pm
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    I have had more pinterest fails than I can count and I think they make me a better mom. We all usually have a good laugh over it.

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    • December 23, 2016 at 4:43 am
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      It is always important to be able to laugh at ourselves!

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  • December 22, 2016 at 8:25 pm
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    I love Pinterest and I always look on their for home inspo but it tends to just make me feel bad that I still live in student accommodation and haven’t bought my own house x

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    • December 23, 2016 at 4:43 am
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      Home inspiration is great on Pinterest, there are limitless amounts of ideas.

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  • December 22, 2016 at 9:24 pm
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    Haha! I just love this! I love pinterest but most of the pictures in there are so dreamy and I honestly have been disappointed a thousand times when my kids and I try to make our version and would always end up not looking like the picture at all!

    Belle | One Awesome Momma

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    • December 23, 2016 at 4:39 am
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      My end product never looks like the picture, but it doesn’t stop me from trying anymore!

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  • December 22, 2016 at 11:53 pm
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    I’m one of those moms unfortunately. I have no shame lol. Sometimes the pictures just make it impossible to look that great in person.

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    • December 23, 2016 at 4:40 am
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      I’m right there with you. It is hard to not want to be a perfectionist.

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  • December 23, 2016 at 3:53 am
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    I have had my share of ‘Pinterest Fails’ that’s for sure! The important thing I try to remember is that I’m giving it a whirl and trying something new. I have learned to use Pinterest as an idea for crafts and then put my own spin on it to make it work for me ; ) And if it becomes a major ‘Pinterest Fail’ then well I’m not the only one lol

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    • December 23, 2016 at 4:42 am
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      This is a great idea. Definitely better to try and use Pinterest as a guide than try to be exactly like what we see in a picture.

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  • December 23, 2016 at 5:13 am
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    Oh my gosh, I can so relate to this post! I have tried like 50,000 recipes from Pinterest that are supposed to be gorgeous and festive, and usually they turn into a puddle of poo. I think the worst was a tie-dye frosted cake I tried… it was brown, spotted with cake bits, and uneven when I was done.

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    • December 23, 2016 at 9:04 pm
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      Oh no! Recipes are definitely easy to get wrong because just one missed ingredient or out of order step and there you go. Hope your brown spotted cake still tasted ok!

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  • December 23, 2016 at 9:47 am
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    Totally agreed! Nothing coming from love can make you a bad mom. I used to be disappointed when trying out Pinterest ideas but ended up just sticking to the “easy” stuff (aka the things you don’t need many special tools or ingredients to make) and to just write down the instructions without seeing pictures to try to develop my own creativity and avoid my own criticism. Maybe this approach can help you too!

    Carlota | TheWandereuse.com

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  • December 23, 2016 at 1:14 pm
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    This is so true. I am a control freak so when we do Pinterest crafts, I feel like I don’t let my kids do the majority of the work. Recently I started sitting back and stopped worrying about that perfect ending project. If they are having fun, who cares what it looks like, right?

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    • December 23, 2016 at 9:07 pm
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      I’m a control freak as well, so I used to get upset when their work didn’t turn out like the pin. Now I try to roll with it, as much as I possibly can anyway

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  • December 23, 2016 at 1:44 pm
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    I love Pinterest, but I think some of the projects on there don’t have enough detailed directions to replicate it. I only manage to do it because I’ve been a crafty person all my life and I can fill in the blanks. So don’t feel bad! What matters is that you tried something new!

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  • December 23, 2016 at 4:34 pm
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    Pinterest is so awesome, I have had a few fails from it myself but it doesn’t really bother me. At least I TRY! lol, I never used to try so its a step up!

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    • December 23, 2016 at 9:06 pm
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      So true, can’t fail if you don’t try and where is the fun in that?

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  • December 23, 2016 at 7:47 pm
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    I love checking for decor ideas as well as recipes through Pinterest and while the concept and idea is there – sometimes the execution doesn’t pan out. Despite following things to the t. I agree failing through those does not make you a bad mom or person. 🙂

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    • December 23, 2016 at 9:07 pm
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      Agreed! The concept is more important than getting an exact replica

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  • December 23, 2016 at 8:01 pm
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    My all time favorite Pinterest fail was for my sons first birthday. I tried to make a jello aquarium and during the party it was deemed the fish funeral!

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    • December 23, 2016 at 9:05 pm
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      Wow! Don’t we all try to go big for birthdays? I always have a board full of pins and a vision, but after all of my hard work it looks nothing like the plan in my head. Ahh well, at least your fish funeral was probably a good conversation piece!

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  • December 24, 2016 at 3:03 pm
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    I haven’t experienced a Pinterest fail before. However, I think that those ideas are supposed to provide us with inspiration and we shouldn’t be too hard on ourselves if they turn out a little different than the images.

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  • December 26, 2016 at 3:32 am
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    All of them! LOL I am a recovering perfectionist myself and I’ve learned to enjoy the creative process without worrying about the end result.

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  • December 26, 2016 at 5:57 am
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    I can’t believe people feel like pinterest fails make you a bad mom. Those are standards that some of us can’t attain. LMAO!!!

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  • December 26, 2016 at 9:58 pm
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    Oh my gosh, I don’t think anything I’ve tried from Pinterest has come out looking like the picture. I am not that crafty, and I’ve learned to be okay with that!

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