Someone Called Me a ‘Pinterest Mom’
September 30, 2013 | In: Child Nutrition
I have been sitting with this comment for a good week, and it keeps coming up in my thoughts.
What does it mean to be a Pinterest Mom?
Clearly, according to this commenter, a Pinterest Mom is someone who sits around, with lots of time on her hands, and is bored. Pinterest Mom takes pictures of her day, her food, her activities, her crafts, and then spends time uploading and pinning. Basically, she does nothing else. All day.
Since I haven’t mastered taking it on the chin yet, I felt I had to defend myself (and I did). I work, more than half-time and less than full-time. I cook most nights. I keep my kids organized, involved in sports, and on top of their academics. I also manage my home. And yard. I take care of two dogs. Oh, and I happen to be the captain’s mom for my daughter’s volleyball team, and volunteer for my other daughter’s swim team. Not to mention, all the school teachers and meetings (for 4 kids). Oh yeah, and I volunteer quite a bit for my professional organization. And am working on ongoing projects. And try to take care of my own health. The list is long.
So, I am not the sitting around type with time on my hands.
Rather, I make my time work. And my kids, too.
Other reasons I balk at this terminology?
One, I don’t do too many crafts. When my kids were little, I did more, but I was never “crafty.” My creativity has an outlet, for sure–my writing. I am in awe of people who are artistic, creative and crafty–not my strong suit or interest, but my admiration is true.
Two, I do have a Pinterest account, and if you’re a follower, you know that I mostly re-post pictures of food that others have cooked and pinned. My camera is not my third arm. I have to think, write it down and double back to make sure I have it with me. On many occasions I forget the camera entirely, like yesterday when I went to sports nutrition clinic with Olympian swimmer Garrett Weber-Gale. Thank goodness, my iphone is a decent stand-in camera!
Three, what’s wrong with being a Pinterest mom anyway? Is there an underground sentiment that I haven’t been aware of? Is this a bad thing? Fill me in, please.
The irony is that I have a sense of how much time it takes to be a true Pinterest Mom–the one who is generating fresh content, photographing it, detailing the instructions, and so on. To imply that committing to Pinterest is a cake walk is not reality. Like a blog, writing a book, knitting a sweater, or cooking a meal for the family, being a real Pinterest Mom takes dedication, forethought, and yes, time.
Meanwhile, if the comment above was made because what I said wasn’t agreeable or liked, kindly express that fact, rather than calling me a name. Please. Name calling, even on social media, is just an adult form of bullying.
I try my hardest to present the research about childhood nutrition and feeding and translate it to usable, practical information. Not everyone will agree with it, I get that. But it is the research. If it makes you feel guilty or uncomfortable about how you raise your kids, feed them, or teach them about nutrition, believe me, that is not the intent, or the point.
My intent has always been to give you more information about childhood nutrition, so that you can be even better at your job of feeding and nourishing your kids.
So, go ahead and call me Pinterest Mom. I’ll take it as a compliment.
Have you been called a name on social media? How did it make you feel?