Pinterest Mums Look Away Now

Pinterest Mums look away now.

I hate crafts. And playing. Especially the make believe kind. Hate it.

Having Zak at the age of eighteen, I’d kind of thought that my reticence towards PVA glue and glitter was more to do with the fact that I was still craving the university lifestyle of my peers. I was a shit crafter and that was, I’d told myself in part due to the selfish nature of a younger person. Or in other words, I couldn’t be bothered. I was also studying a full time midwifery degree and trying to keep him alive but these are just details.

Ten years on and Sophie made an appearance. In between bouts of hysteria and general pregnancy ailments, I’d told myself that this time it would be different. That I would be different. I was going to be the best god damn Pinterest mum the world had ever seen. And whats more, I was going to love it.

Bloody hormones.

Homemade meals, organic everything, a craft basket to rival Mister Maker (which she would never have heard of as my daughter wasn’t going to be watching the television), all the sensory, signing, music and movement classes you could sign us up for, fresh air until the cows came home and endless one on one time where we played gender neutral games to broaden her mind. Maybe even a second language thrown in for good measure.

That was how it was going down this time. I was going for full on perfect Pinterest Mum of the year. Because that is what I really thought I wanted. That’s what I thought would be best for her.

Pinterest parent

Ahem. Yes, well…

Fast forward one year on and Sophie is engrossed in the Teletubbies as I type this. I have yet to even whisper the word “craft” in her direction and we went to approximately three baby massage classes before I gave up through sheer boredom.

Of course I do play with her and I actually  enjoy reading with her but I am literally dreading the day when she mewls “Mummy will you play with me?” with her big baby blues on full guilt trip mode. Because in all honesty I will want to say “no.” And I will have to say yes.

I also hate crafting. Or ‘crapting’ as I’ve not-so-affectionately renamed it.

Just the thought of it makes my eyes glaze over and my fingers twitch for my Instagram or Pinterest feed. Because I do love to flick through them. Oh the irony.

Despite having had to admit to myself that I’m just not the crapting type, I still find myself having days (hormonal ones) where I really want to be the perfect Pinterest Mum. I have even taken to planning out a whole crafting organisational sideboard for the dining room such has been my Pinterest lust at times.

In fact, if you head over to my Pinterest feed, there is a good chance you will see actual crafting boards on there. I know – I feel like a fraud but I do genuinely want to be that person when the mood strikes. Thank God it doesn’t last long.

Give me a good strong coffee and a look at the outside world and the moment usually passes and I’m faced with the reality of who I really am. Or who I’m not.

I hate crafts, there will be no handmade Easter baskets or painted loo rolls in our house and there will probably always be slightly too much reliance on the television. It’s just the way I am and its about time I owned up to it.

Shit at crafts – great at cuddles. That’s me.

So how about you? Are you a Pinterest Parent?

 

 

 

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  1. January 23, 2017 / 9:25 pm

    Ha ha I love this. I like crafting myself but not with the kids-the mess!!! I feel like I should report myself to social services for my 2 year old never having a go at painting. Planning to let them loose in the garden in summer. Although I have had 6 years with my eldest with very little painting action. Surely that’s what school and nursery is for he he
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  2. January 24, 2017 / 1:43 pm

    I’m craft-resistant. As I have one who still eats things and colours on herself, I avoid it….or look for the “mess free” stuff for them to use! (I even wrote a blog on how I hate messy craft and my kids get too much screen time)

  3. Julia
    January 24, 2017 / 5:34 pm

    Haha a very honest post! I did quite a few “crafty” things with my 6 kids but I always hated the mess it produced…I did enjoy ( Mostly) imaginary games with them & stilldo with my grandchildren, in moderation however! I loved reading with them from babyhood on

  4. January 25, 2017 / 11:09 am

    YES! Love this. This is my guilty secret. I am just rubbish at crafts and the thought of mess and glue all over my house – argh! I have tried and I took them to playgroups so that they could get it out of their system, and so I could much on biscuits, ahem. I am all for messy play and crafting just not in my house! 😉
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  5. January 27, 2017 / 1:58 pm

    I am most definitely NOT a Pinterest Parent. Or even a Play Parent. I’m exactly like you instead – bit of TV never hurt anyone. God I hate crafts. I hate them within the very fibre of my being. Sometimes I can stretch to a bit of Play-Doh play on the kitchen table, and I stupidly attempted glitter paintings at Christmas, but, nah. NAH. Great post 🙂
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  6. January 28, 2017 / 8:04 am

    I’m far from being a Pinterest parent. I try to do crafty things, but they end up kind of crap. I do wonder what planet some of these Pinterest parents are on to make such amazing things! #fortheloveofBLOG
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  7. January 28, 2017 / 8:15 am

    Love crafting… hate the mess…. my son has an aqua doodle and it’s the dogs bits!! #fortheloveofblog xx

  8. January 28, 2017 / 8:24 am

    Yay to honesty! Love this. Contrary to popular belief, although I like DIY and crafts, I feel the guilt too because *whispers* I’d rather lounge on the sofa when I do get a minute. rather than hunt around for a glue stick (thats usually dried out) and coloured paper.

    That’s what Grandma’s are for, right?

    (Don’t tell anyone my secret). #Fortheloveofblog

  9. January 28, 2017 / 8:25 am

    I’m not great at Pinterest but I quit enjoy crafting. Funnily enough I didn’t do much crafty or play stuff with my own kids but now spend hours doing it each week with our holiday guests. Somehow I have so much more patience with it when it is other peoples children! #fortheloveofblog
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  10. January 28, 2017 / 8:47 am

    I hear ya. I want to, I so want to. We have a craft cupboard which is basically paints and playdoh. We do nothing impressive with it. I do it with them for someThing to do on rainy days and hey enjoy it. I don’t. What’s more I’m total shit at it. I dread the day they ask me to make anything! It will be awful. #fortheloveofblog x
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  11. January 28, 2017 / 8:47 am

    No, I most certainly am not! I hate craft as well, really hate it. We just don’t do it but no-one seems mentally scarred from my parental neglect. Not everyone can be a Pinterest mum so I try to focus on what I am good at and let others make the cookies and lolly stick mansions. #fortheloveofblog
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  12. January 28, 2017 / 8:55 am

    Lol, I studied Fine Art and Textiles, so you may think that I am crafty Mum type. I’m really not, I also get bored and tbh can’t be doing with clearing up the mess. I occasionally have a spurt and may do some, but I find myself becoming irratated by it quickly. J (my husband) is also creative, he is much better at doing this stuff with the boys than I am (more patience) Fortunately my eldest has not been put off and loves to draw, and make things, even when we don’t. #fortheloveofBLOG

  13. January 28, 2017 / 8:59 am

    I’m with you on this one. My wife does crafts with our little girl and seems to really enjoy it. My brain just hates the mess! I did some baby massage classes with my daughter but haven’t with my son. I prefer us going out and doing our own things. Soft play, zoo trips etc.

  14. January 28, 2017 / 9:04 am

    Oops forgot #fortheloveofblog

  15. January 28, 2017 / 9:22 am

    Ha ha. Well done for inventing a new word. Crapting is brilliant.
    I actually like doing crafty things but that doesn’t make anyone a Pinterest mum.
    Top up on the cuddles. I’m sure your little one will forgive you.
    #fortheloveofBlog
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  16. January 28, 2017 / 10:35 am

    I’m with you. I can only do crafts that have step-by-step instructions that are totally idiot-proof. My kids are playing on their iPads as I type this. ‘Nuff said. #fortheloveofBLOG
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  17. January 28, 2017 / 12:48 pm

    Ooo I love crafting, even when the child but I’m a long way off Pinterest parent of the year! Summer is the time to craft with children, picture this, paint, paper, glitter and a child with little to no clothing on the garden. All mess is on the lawn, so there’s nothing to clean, other than did child who can be carried at arm’s length directly to the shower, or paddling pool of warm enough. Done. #fortheloveofBLOG
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  18. January 28, 2017 / 2:19 pm

    It’s not like you have to like crafting to be a good parent. You’re allowed to have your own intrests and preferences. #fortheloveofBLOG

  19. January 28, 2017 / 2:54 pm

    haha great post! I have all the ideas in my head and I’m obsessed with pinterest, but then the outcome of the “idea” is shocking!! I should really start giving up on the whole “mummy, crafting” thing because I suck!

    #fortheloveofBLOG
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  20. January 28, 2017 / 4:03 pm

    I have a go at Pinterest but suck at it#fortheloveofBLOG

  21. January 28, 2017 / 5:09 pm

    I am a crap crafter too. My daughter is very creative and love to make things, I just sit there waiting for her to finish so I can get it all packed away lol. Thankfully she is at the age now where she can do a lot of crafting on her.
    #fortheloveofBLOG
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  22. January 28, 2017 / 7:44 pm

    You go girl! Crafting does not the mummy make. You have other, more important skills, if little one wants to craft she will get her fill at nursery and school 🙂
    I have an art degree, I feel I should craft (seriously, when did it even become called crafting? Isn’t it just making shit?) until the cows come home but I just can’t. I buy fat quarters promising to make something with them. I’ve made a pile of fat quarters. We have glitter and pom poms galore….Atop the cupboard where the children can’t see. I think I’m a bit too much of a perfectionist and I hate the mess. Saying that I will admit to getting all ‘crafty’ at Christmas, I make gingerbread houses and all that jazz, I just don’t let the children join in.
    You carry on not crafting. Your daughter will appreciate the cuddles much more 🙂 #fortheloveofblog

  23. January 28, 2017 / 8:19 pm

    Haha Love it! I’m totally useless at crafting. I have great vision…just my execution sucks!!! #fortheloveofBLOG
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  24. January 28, 2017 / 8:23 pm

    I do like crafting but it can get a bit stressful, it never turns out Pinterest perfect and usually someone ends up crying (usually me as I’m cleaning glitter glue off the curtains). Kids get to do plenty of crafts at nursery and school anyway so I don’t think it’s a big deal if they don’t do them at home #fortheloveofblog
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  25. January 28, 2017 / 8:25 pm

    I love this post for it’s honesty! I love crafting as long as it doesn’t involve paint! That’s a no no, sequins fine, even glitter, but no paint. Too messy it’s just a step too far. #fortheloveofBLOG

  26. January 28, 2017 / 8:35 pm

    Who gives a shit if we don’t do origami before the school run – your doing great! #fortheloveofblog

  27. January 28, 2017 / 8:54 pm

    So glad it’s not just me that feels like this! I’m also in awe of parents that take perfect pictures of their gorgeous children, and beautifully organised homes. Every picture of my daughter is blurry because she refuses to sit still for more than three seconds, and my house hasn’t looked minimalist and tidy since the say we moved in before the boxes of our crap were delivered! Getting into crafts will just add to the clutter and chaos! I’ll leave that to nursery for the time being…
    #fortheloveofBLOG
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  28. January 28, 2017 / 9:21 pm

    Haha love ‘crapting’! I’m definitely no Pinterest mum – though i do like the idea of it. In reality, I can’t even figure Pinterest out, let alone make anything worthy of posting. I do enjoy crafting with my 2 year old but what I have in my head isn’t what ends up on paper. She has fun while we give it a go though. #fortheloveofBLOG
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  29. January 28, 2017 / 9:51 pm

    I’m not a fan either, but I tend to hand over paint and say ‘go to town’ – they paint boxes or themselves (and I have to carry them inside to the shower). It’s all good. We went to an art gallery kids thing and they made a picture and it was amazing how many parents told the kids to stop sticking things on or they’d ruin it, or actually did the craft for their child so it looked like the example. So weird. My kid just kept gluing away until they decided it was done, and I didn’t have to clean up, so it was win win all round, in my opinion. I’m a fan of art & craft is in the doing, not the result….#FortheloveofBLOG
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  30. January 28, 2017 / 9:54 pm

    I would love to be a Pinterest mum, but quite frankly my crafting is definitely crapting! I also had the idea of all these sensory things, my child wouldn’t have plastic, noisy toys, but guess what, he has tonnes of them and he LOVES them. In the Night Garden is guaranteed to keep him quiet, so I think my Pinterest days are never going to come!! #fortheloveofBLOG
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  31. January 29, 2017 / 6:43 am

    Ha ha. This is so me. I love looking at all the amazing craft things on Pinterest but the very thought of letting my kids loose with glue brings me out in hives. And don’t even get me started on glitter! It’s bad enough when you get sent a card that has it on and you are forever finding bits of glitter stuck to your cheek for the next week, handing my kids a tub of the stuff would send me over the edge. That’s why I like playgroup once a week. They have a craft table set up and you can do all the gluing and other messy stuff far far away from your soft furnishings.
    #fortheloveofBLOG
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  32. January 29, 2017 / 8:39 am

    I love crafting but my 4 year is not so keen maybe because i’m a bit of a perfectionist and she has a short attention span. #fortheloveofblog

  33. January 29, 2017 / 11:35 am

    Thank you. Thank you. Thank YOU! For making me feel a bit better about not liking this shit!!! I hate it. With a passion. I try. But my heart just isn’t in it. When Little Man says ‘Can I make a card?!’ – is it bad of me I try and think of every excuse going to say ‘no’?! And when he says ‘will you play shops with me?!’ I groan inwardly. But his big blue eyes looking at me all willingly make me cave in and so we spend the next long boring tedious half an hour playing shops. I feel so much better that this is normal. Thank god for parenting blogs! #fortheloveofBLOG (there’s some kind of bizarre irony that I my most recent post is about chalkboard markers – but they’re mess free so that doesn’t count, right?!)
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  34. January 29, 2017 / 1:37 pm

    I love this post, very funny and lovely and open too. I would like to be so many things too but I’m not. However Pinterest gives me the ideas that if I could do lots of things then these would be them:)

    #fortheloveofBLOG
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  35. January 29, 2017 / 2:30 pm

    I was always really artistic at school and really thought I would be a great crafty mum, the truth is I suck and I can’t be assed. I’m sure the kids will survive though haha #fortheloveofblog
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  36. January 29, 2017 / 2:59 pm

    No arts and craft other to be seen over here! You’re not the only one my lovely – phew! Though I have total admiration for those that are. I blame the fact that i’m a virgo – everything has to be neat and tidy! Arts and crafts does not fit into that mould! #fortheloveofBLOG
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  37. January 29, 2017 / 5:36 pm

    If the kids love crafting it has to be done. I just can’t abide the clutter (on top of the already present clutter). I covertly gather their ‘craft’ from time to time, ‘archive’ it to the garage and if, in a month they’ve not noticed its absence, said craft gets introduced to Mr Bin.

  38. January 29, 2017 / 9:47 pm

    I’m so not a pinterest parent either, although I have been trying harder now that the children are wanting to do crafts, bake, etc. My crafts never look anywhere near like the ones on pinterest, and our baking is barely edible, but I am trying….reluctantly!! #fortheloveofblog

  39. January 29, 2017 / 11:51 pm

    We tried crayons the other day… my son tried to eat them. Pinterest can piss off.lol. #fortheloveofBLOG

  40. January 30, 2017 / 12:06 pm

    I genuinely thought I would be – but it turns out that I want the children to only colour in the lines, to cut out correctly on the lines and to put eyes and mouths in the right places. I’d have been an awful mother to Picasso! I’m totally with you, and I love to look at craft on Pinterest too!! #fortheloveofblog
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  41. January 30, 2017 / 1:24 pm

    Oh so relatable! I know I love baking but I share your disdain towards anything that involves PVA glue or anything similar! We made glitter pine cone before Christmas following a similar ‘I’m shit for not doing anything like this with you girls!’ It was awful!
    #fortheloveofBLOG
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  42. January 30, 2017 / 3:08 pm

    Glad you are finally embracing who you are! There is too much pressure to do all and everything for your kids. But you can’t be that way. I’m not a crafter either. I colour with my daughter but that’s about it. When she’s older, I’ll bake with her. But there won’t be glitter all over my floor! This is one positive about sending them to nursery / a relative whilst at work. The odds are there will be someone in the bunch who enjoys crafting so they get to do a bit of it all.

    #fortheloveofBLOG
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  43. January 30, 2017 / 4:24 pm

    If you look at my Pinterest page, I have boards for toddler crafts and homemade baby food too. But, I don’t think I’ve actually done any of them. I can handle coloring and stickers. But anything else is just too messy! I hate cleaning up craft messes. Really though, I think I should probably do more crafty things with my 20-month-old…#fortheloveofBLOG
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  44. January 31, 2017 / 1:34 pm

    I so want to be a Pinterest mum – and I definitely have the ability to do it because I love crafting, sewing, baking and all that shiz! For me, I just don’t have time – and for someone so artistic I hate mess (or rather, I hate having to clear up the mess!) I wish I could devote more time to things like this with Alfie, but I console myself by realising that he gets more than enough craft/baking time at nursery while I’m working, so I know he isn’t missing out! #fortheloveofBLOG
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  45. January 31, 2017 / 8:12 pm

    I think i’ve found my kindred spirit!!! i too have every want to do it but just dont get round to it through sheer reluctance hahaha!
    But then again, it could also be the fact that i can barely cook, my art skills dont even make a decent stickman drawing and when i try to do art it looks like a toddlers work. perhaps i can do it and claim Ben did and sell his work for thousands??? BOOM done! #fortheloveofBLOG

  46. February 1, 2017 / 12:09 pm

    My son hates drawing and most crafty things, hes rather get the wellies on and run around outside so there is no crafty avenues in my blog. Lol I have not sorted Pintrest yet, its full of wedding and tattoo ideas at the moment so is not very blog friendly 😉 Respect for the Pintresty mums! And for those of us that aint!xx #fortheloveofBLOG

  47. February 1, 2017 / 12:14 pm

    LOVE this. I am always pinning crafts for me and my 3 year old to do but we never do them. I have a shelf overflowing with loo rolls and paper plates but I don’t really know what I am planning to do with them. We craft sometimes but I don’t think either of us really enjoy it that much, would much rather be cuddling on the sofa watching kids films!xx \fortheloveofBLOG

  48. February 3, 2017 / 9:43 am

    Ha I have crafts too. I try, but I just can’t do them. And more importantly I’m just not that into it. I’d much rather cook or bake. I tried to do some home made Xmas card with Miss Belle and it was a flop. She screamed the house down when the paint went on her hands. Nursery say she doesn’t like messy play so she’s obviously got that gene from me! #FortheloveofBLOG

  49. February 3, 2017 / 11:44 am

    While I do enjoy the occasional bit of crafting – in moderation – it’s usually very far from being Pinterest-perfect. So far we’ve mostly made animals out of toilet rolls, pretty basic stuff. I’m the sort of person who pins hundreds of posts on kids crafts and activities with the intention of reading them later, and never look at them again! Who has time? Screen time can be a life saver, too. #fortheloveofblog
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  50. February 3, 2017 / 9:16 pm

    Ah we all have our strengths, don’t beat yourself up. I actually love crafts but am completely crap at them. But then I can always say Baby Lighty did them now, right?! Thanks for hosting #fortheloveofBLOG, sorry for the late reading!!
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  51. February 4, 2017 / 7:36 pm

    Oo I have always wanted to be a Pinterest mum! Two children 6 months and almost 2 and I’ve Well.. not really done any at all! And they’re both glued to the tv! #fortheloveofblog
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  52. February 17, 2017 / 7:37 am

    I have to admit I loved crafts as a child and can’t wait to do them with our son! My wife used to take him to baby massage and baby yoga every week and still goes to sensory and music classes, but I would have struggled with these as I am much less social than her and how how competitive groups of mums are! I think if I was the stay at home mum I would still take him to the classes as he loves them, I’m not sure how much enjoyment I’d get from them though! We’ve got to our son being 8.5 months with no tv, so we’ll see how long it lasts! 😀 I’m by no means a Pinterest mum but can’t wait to start buying glitter glue!
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  53. February 22, 2017 / 5:59 pm

    Same as you Fi, I’m not Pinterest but Pincuddles… I was never the crafty type and my little one has to settle for trips to the zoo or the park, which he enjoys greatly! Otherwise, he seems pretty busy on his own with legos!
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