Parenting through Pinterest
Mon, 12 May 2014 20:53:43 GMT —
In an age where social media is king, more and more parents head to the internet as their resource.
Pinterest has grown to be one of the top sites that moms in the U.S. visit.
Jen Drew is a mom, a teacher, and an avid Pinterest user.
When she isn't surfing the Pinterest app, you can find her organizing crafts for her kids.
"I could live without it, it'd be rough, I'd have to go back to finding everything the hard way," Drew said. "But it does make things easier."
She is one of the more than 70 million people using Pinterest.
While the site can give you ideas for just about anything, there's a growing issue centered around striving to be the perfect parent.
Clinical Counselor Malinda Vogel has seen this problem first hand.
"It is definitely turing parenting into a competitive sport, because the image of what your life is or what you're doing, is becoming more important than the reality," Vogel said. "As long as you can make it look like you're the world's best parent, that is becoming the goal over being a good parent."
Vogel thinks Pinterest itself isn't causing the stress, but instead bringing it out in people who already prone to that.
"If you have these images that it looks like everybody around you is just this perfect, wonderful, amazing, awesome mom or dad and they're always doing everything exactly right, and you're already feeling low, that's just going to intensify that for you," Vogel said.
Media overload has shown to be one of top causes of stress in adults.
Mom of two Bobette Cawthon says it can get overwhelming sometimes for her to be on the site. But when that feeling comes around, she stops looking.
"We have to do it this way or it's the wrong way, or we have to keep up and make the best cupcakes to take to the soccer game or the dance recital, because someone else did that," Cawthon said.
For Cawthon, it's not about being perfect, it's about being available, and taking some time away from the pinning.
"Sometimes the time that we spend on those social websites, we probably should be spending listening to our children," Cawthon said.
Drew thinks Pinterest is still a great tool for parents to use. As long as her kids are along side her, she's happy.
"As long as your with your child, and they are actively engaged with you and talking with you, then I think that's what makes a good parent," Drew said.
A Nielsen study showed moms are 61 percent more likely to visit Pinterest than the average American.