I am not a Pinterest mom.
I do not have a playroom that is organized by rainbow colors.
I do not have a picture perfect back yard.
In fact, there is not a thing in or around our home that is Pinterest worthy. Not one space.
I do not host Pinteresty themed birthday parties.
I do not do Pinterest sensory activities with my kids.
I do not do Pinterest crafts or DIY projects.
I do not make Pinterest worthy lunches.
I love Pinterest, who doesn’t, but I am not a Pinterest mom.
I do have a playroom with bins full of toys. It is kind of boring but it is conducive to play.
I do have a yard full of dirt and grass and bugs. We have a swing set and a trampoline and a pool. It may not be Pinterest worthy but it too is conducive to play.
You won’t come to my kids’ birthday party (yes, we just do one) and see a balloon arch or a beautifully decorated 3 tier cake. The only theme will be “Birthday”. You will, however, eat some good food and be greeted by smiling family and friends. You will see kids running around and playing in the yard.
Instead of doing Pinterest sensory activities with my kids I send them outside. Playing outside is the greatest sensory activity a child can do.
I LOATHE crafting and DIY projects. I do not enjoy craft kits from the Dollar Tree. I will sit down and color with my kids. I will gladly paint with water colors. I let them do arts and crafts but I try to keep it very open ended so they can use their imagination.
I feed my kids the same food that we eat. There are a few exceptions (like spicy foods) but for the most part, they eat what we eat. If I am eating a sandwich, they are going to eat a sandwich. It might be cut into triangles sot that it’s a little bit easier for their tiny hands to handle but it will still have the crust on it. I will not make cute little fruit kabobs but I will give them a pile of fruit. I might (might) make them ants on a log… which isn’t really Pinteresty.
I am not saying that being a Pinterest mom is bad.
What I am saying is in this time, with all of the social media, it is so easy to feel inadequate.
It is so easy to feel like you aren’t doing enough, your house isn’t pretty enough, your birthday parties aren’t cool enough, and your aren’t doing enough for your kids.
I am not a Pinterest mom.
When it comes down to it, your kids don’t really care if you’re a Pinterest mom.
They won’t care that they didn’t have a fancy playroom.
They are going to care that they were able to play freely.
They won’t care what your yard looks like.
They are going to care that they were outside.
They won’t care about what your house looks like.
They are going to care that they are in a safe and inviting environment.
They won’t care that they didn’t have themed birthday parties.
They are going to care that they were surrounded by people that love them.
They won’t care that you put together sensory activities or DIY projects or fancy crafts.
The are going to care that you sat down and spent time with them; that you colored and painted and played.
They won’t care that you didn’t make them cute little shape sandwiches or fruit kabobs.
They will care that they you feed them good and nutritious food.
Your kids won’t care if you’re a Pinterest mom; so it’s okay if you’re not.