First and foremost, I want to start off by saying I ABSOLUTELY LOVE Pinterest and will most likely continue to use Pinterest quite frequently. I love the accessibility it provides to a vast assortment of topics; even ones for which you didn’t realize you were looking.
What I want to confess about my end of the Pinterest mom, is I don’t have it all together. (To quote 10 Things I Hate About You) Not even close, not even a little bit, not even at all.
More often than not, you will find me in gym shorts and a tshirt with my pulled back in a messy bun (which may or may not have brushed that day). Being a mom is hard work, and I, for one, feel like we could all cut each other some slack. Maybe we all just need to hit reset and think simplicity.
If your kids are anything like my kids, when you get a box in the mail, they have endless hours of fun PLAYING WITH A BOX. Oh the possibilities of what to do with a box could write an entire book.
When did we start to think we had wrestle the sun and moon in order to show our kids how to have fun? What kids want is us to be a part of their world. Let them pick the activity and play the games that interest them.
We have all heard that what we see on social media is someone’s highlight reel; so why are we putting so much pressure on ourselves to live up to that? Galatians 1:10 warns us, “For am I now seeking the approval of man or of God? Or am I trying to please man? If I were still trying to please man, I would not be a servant of Christ.” Christ sees our good and bad, and still welcomes us with loving arms. What an example to follow!
I am passionate about crafting and cake baking and decorating, so, yes, I will continue to do my best to make birthday parties memorable. At the same time, I don’t want my kids growing up believing every event has to be an over-the-top extravaganza. This creates an environment built upon unrealistic expectations. Things don’t need to fit into a cookie cutter image of a perfect celebration to make a kid happy.
About a year ago, one of my sisters shared a picture of cake that she had made for her son’s birthday. I was very proud of her accomplishment. This cake was not many people would have called “Pinterest worthy”, except that it was made to show her son how much she cared and wanted to celebrate his special day. Afterall, isn’t that what motherhood is about? Loving our kids for who they are and celebrating the time we share with them.