My husband came across this post that was put on Facebook and I thought it was so interesting! You should read it. It’s from a website called The Power of Moms where April talks about a “crazy phenomenon” going on about women, especially mothers, using media to compare their mothering abilities.
We have unlimited access to Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, blogs, magazines, and DIY TV shows that show all the amazing things that mothers are doing to put together fantastic birthday parties or to decorate their gorgeous home or to whip up a dress for their daughter or to put together custom gifts for friends…the list goes on.
I’ve heard moms talking about this lately. How they just can’t look at certain blogs without getting a little envious of their craftiness and creativity. And of course Pinterest is just plain addicting! There are so many good ideas out there! And we want to do them all, but we can’t. Either because we lack the talent, money, or time. But you know what, that’s ok!
I’m what you’ll call an idea stealer. In the Elementary Education program I was enrolled in during college, I heard multiple times, don’t reinvent the wheel! Use what other teachers are doing and just make it your own. And that’s how I look at all the creativity online. I look to see what I could do and then make it my own. And sometimes things don’t come out quite like I envisioned, but that’s part of the experience!
Sure it would be nice to have a big house where I could decorate, cook, and create things with all the money in the world! But that’s definitely not where I am now and may not ever be. I like to look at the creativity on media and think, wow that’s really cool, maybe I can make that someday and then pin it and move on. I don’t feel like I need to make or do everything I see. I do what I have time for and the skills for. Let’s face it, I’m a beginner at many things. But I’m ok with that. I find joy in what I can do, what I learn to do, and just being a mom. That’s what’s most important. Loving yourself and your family.
Being a mom is the most important thing a woman can do! And I’m sure my daughter won’t care if I can fix up old furniture or make my own natural cleaners or sew all her dresses. I know at 1 she doesn’t even know, but even as she grows older, I doubt she’ll care. I’m sure she’d rather have me spend time talking to her than making a wreath for every holiday to put on our front door. Well I hope so anyway. 😉 Don’t get me wrong, I definitely love doing crafty things, but just not every day.
I love the media that we have and that there are so many creative people out there! I love that we share our ideas! But I also know that I don’t need to do everything to be a super mom.