5 minutes on Pinterest leaves most moms questioning everything they do in the house. They look around at the laundry pile, the kids being loud, the chaos, and the less than organized homeschool cabinet (It was organized when the year started) and realize that they are definitely not a Pinterest mom. Sure, they can DIY with the best of them. They may know how to categorize and sort everything on the shelf. However, they need to remind themselves constantly that it’s homeschool, not Pinterest.
It’s Homeschool, not Pinterest
So, how do we glean wonderful tips from Pinterest without it taking over our homeschool?
What can we do to avoid the Pinterest Homeschool Mom Trap? I think it starts with a realistic view of how things end up on Pinterest. You may even be reading this post after clicking on it on Pinterest.
Many of the posts you will find on Pinterest comes from moms and bloggers just like me.
Can I tell you a secret? We are just like you! We don’t have it all together. We don’t have it all figured out. In fact, I have known more than one blogger who has had to use Photoshop to remove a peanut butter smudge in order for a picture to work. When you find yourself getting overwhelmed remember that the person who posted is a person just like you. That takes some weight off of it.
Photoshop, Retakes, and Editing have changed the reality of the situation.
Many popular projects and blogs you will find on Pinterest have had some editing done on them. I can think of more than one time where I have had to use photoshop to clean something off my counters because I didn’t see it before snapping a picture. When you see the perfectly clean house in the background of the post you are enjoying on Pinterest, remember that they may have cleaned everything that is in view of the picture before shooting that one shot they needed.
For many homeschool mom bloggers, there is even a dedicated photoshoot area where they do these pictures. Many pictures are not done with kids around or with life running the way it really runs. Instead, they stage a picture so it will get more clicks to their website.
Pinterest doesn’t show the fails.
There are quite a few projects that started out as a nightmare and later became something better. The problem with Pinterest is that you get to skip the process. Instead of seeing someone work from beginning to end, you get to see the perfected project.
While this is great if you want to accomplish it yourself, it can leave you overwhelmed and frustrated if you feel like you need to turn out the exact same quality without the process. We wouldn’t ask our homeschoolers to look at a finished Math problem and solve it the exact same way without the process of learning to solve it. So, why do we hold ourselves to such an unrealistic standard?
Experience and Time
Related to the one above is the time and experience behind a post. It can be very easy as a newer homeschooler to look at moms who look like they have it all together and feel small. Guess what, they have been doing it longer. They are not better at it. They just have more time in the field so to speak. In a new job, there is a learning curve. Homeschooling is the same way. Not only does your child have to adjust to being a student, but you also have to adjust to being his or her teacher. Find the pearls of wisdom in these posts on Pinterest but remember that it’s a process and you don’t have to do it all.
A lot of the posts on Pinterest are designed for Neuro-typical children. This can leave parents of children with autism, dyslexia, auditory processing, or anything other learning difficulties feel small. Don’t let this tear you down though. There are some great resources on Pinterest for teaching children with learning difficulties. Find people who are authentic about the struggles you are living with.
Keep this in mind!
I think the most important thing to remember when looking at Pinterest is that it isn’t meant to be a life guide. It can offer some great tips, tricks, and ideas but that is what they are. As with any tip, you will want to look at it and decide whether it is worth applying to your life or not. Not everything fits everyone. Find what works for your family and ignore the rest.
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