I may hate Pinterest

I’ve started following a few teacher’s boards on Pinterest. It may be the most demoralizing thing I’ve done in my life.


First, I know beyond a shadow of a doubt, these women are called to be teachers. They love children. They understand children. They are strangely creative.


I click through their pins and see crafts like making geodes out of egg shells, sensory play ideas, preschool songbooks, ideas for thematic units on monsters, vowels, and weather. The sheer number of incredible ideas… well, it’s intimidating.


In the midst of seeing the ideas, something rears up inside of me and starts getting mad. I mean, how dare they set the bar so high?! Don’t they know that means the mere mortals doing their best to teach their kids to read, write, add, and subtract at home while also folding laundry, cleaning toilets, cooking meals, and trying not to be a wicked beast by bedtime are watching these pins slide across Pinterest and plotting out revenge???


Perhaps you will find a voodoo doll made of macaroni noodles, colored with edible finger paints a warning to give us a break.


To be fair, I absolutely love these ideas until I get overwhelmed by them. I have to collect my thoughts, breathe deeply, and reassure myself that for every Pinterest-worthy idea there are a dozen of ideas that didn’t come with exclamation points and a beautiful photo of smiling children displaying their scale version of the Eiffel Tower constructed with marshmallows and toothpicks.


Do you get idea-envy when you look at Pinterest? Read status updates on Facebook? If you do, how do you conquer it?

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3 thoughts on “I may hate Pinterest

  • January 16, 2012 at 10:23 pm

    Oh! 🙁 Pinterest changed my life. I took a sewing class so I can make quilts and quiet books for my future kids. Education it’s one of those areas that is best shared.

  • January 17, 2012 at 9:04 am

    Oh, silly woman, NEVER look up anything constructive or too creative!!! No, no, no! Pin funny things and food. That’s it. I venture into decorating but I would NEVER start looking into homeschooling or crafting or the ridiculous. My silly friend, you are looking at Pinterest all wrong: it’s for wasting time when you should be homeschooling your kids. NOT for practical ideas FOR homeschooling your kids.

    You’re welcome.

  • January 20, 2012 at 7:39 pm

    Pinterest is a great place to pin all those wonderful ideas that I know I’ll never have the time, money, the space, or patience to do with my own kids. Maybe by the time my grandkids come around though…


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