Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Leave My Leprechaun Alone

I'm noticing a disturbing trend in the blogs I read...or rather the links to blogs I find on Facebook because I don't really have time to read ANY blog regularly.  There's a new (or rather not-so-new) "anti-Pinterest-mom" movement, a plea to stop the trumped up holidays and the excessive crafts and full-blown-made-from-scratch all-organic dinners.

Okay, I get that.  You feel threatened.  You feel like your not measuring up.  Guess what?  We all do!  I would wager that even the mom vacuuming in pearls and cooking from scratch (if she exists at all) actually feels like she's not doing enough.  There is always more to do!

But, here's what else I know:

The monotony of being a stay-at-home-mom can suck the life out of you!  Every day it's the same battles - get dressed, pack lunches, cook meals, wash dishes, do laundry, clean house...  Add in the dirty diapers, two-year-old tantrums, and 3-year-old power struggles and it's enough to drive any mom to hide in the pantry with a bag of dark chocolate chips!  Not to mention the fact that most adult interaction is limited to a quick conversation at the bus stop or a hastily written email during naptime.

For the stay-at-home-mom, holidays can mean a break from the routine, especially if you're a mom that genuinely enjoys crafting, decorating, and having some silly fun.  So, yes, we have a tendency to trump-up some rather lame holidays!  Please don't take away my leprechaun footprints and bunny-shaped snacks.  I promise that I'm not trying to judge you or make you look bad.  Heck, I'm still trying to figure out how to get the energy to shower AND shave my legs!  The last thing on my mind is making YOU look bad!

Those Valentine's that you thought were over-the-top?  They may have given a mom a chance to break out her creative side and spend some time with her kids.  They were not meant to make you feel inadequate.  The endless pictures of the Elf-on-the-Shelf?  That may have been Dad's favorite part of the holiday season and his way to join in on the fun.  The Easter Basket that appears over-done?  It may just be an attempt to limit sugar and useless toys.

Can we all just agree to stop nagging each other?  If you don't want to have the Leprechaun visit, by all means wear green and call it a day!  That's okay!  If I want to use Pi Day as an excuse to make dessert, let me!  If I want to make rainbows out of Fruit Loops and put green dye in the toilet, don't steal my fun!  No one should have to do these things because they feel guilty, but making someone feel bad because they ARE doing them is just ridiculous!  I'm pretty sure we all have more important things to worry about - like, "What's for dinner??"

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11 comments:

  1. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

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  2. This is the best post EVER!!! I agree with every single thing you wrote! It is just plain FUN to do up the holidays! I despise when people tell me that it is excessive. There are only a few a year and our kids are only young once! Thanks for posting this - you rock!!

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  4. Love this, and I work full-time out of the house. Yes, we are all crazy busy, but it gives me such joy to take the little bit of extra time to create special experiences for our family. I do it for my son and don't care what anyone else thinks. People who feel threatened or angry by me scattering paper shamrocks around my living room on the night of March 16th need to take a deep breath and relax. We all love our kids and can choose to show it in whatever way we want. It's not a competition -- motherhood should be about mutual encouragement and support!

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  6. <3 this! I also happen to <3 pintrest. I love to craft with my two toddler girls and well, sometimes my brain is so full of "Bills" I just cant seem to think of something to do. On top of it, I homeschool and well, I can find some pretty nifty tips and tricks without having to read all the way to the end of someones blog to find what Im looking for. IE: a new way to tie shoes! Who would have thought! Another reason to love it! My sister and I share a secret board and well, from fl to ok, its nice to just post it and not have to text call or email so late at night, she can see it later. But seriously, everyone is a copy cat, noone is truly original, every idea comes from somewhere, do we really want to teach our children how NOT to share, with a genuinely open heart. I CANT STAND when people make life a competition. Hence the reason I HATE FACEBOOK! :) Thanks for your blog :)

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    1. Thanks for sharing! I happen to be addicted to Pinterest :) I love it because I finally have a place to store all the things I want to do.

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  7. I have never left a comment in any blog or anywhere else before, but this post deserves I take a little bit of my precious time to do so.

    I love life, and strongly belief that is an ADVENTURE to be lived in the way we choose to live it. If making a fanfare (an ostentatious or noisy display) of the Holidays makes us happy, and/or helps us create special memories for our precious little ones to cherish in the future, then lest do just that not matter what is the opinion of individuals we don't even know. However they feel about it: angry, threatened, frustrated, etc. is actually their problem no mine. Because while they are using their time campaigning against any or all the pins posted in Pinterest, I am enjoying myself pining my way through them and getting inspired to live my life in the special way I have chosen to live it. (^_^)

    Thank you Tina for posting this in such a wise, truthful, and gracious way. Like Blayne said in another comment - our CHILDREN are young just once in a life time - So lest make of any time, day, season or Holiday a special one; even if we don't have little ones. Although they are a great source of inspiration. Kind of like Pinterest (^_^)

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    1. Thank you so much Rose! You have such a beautiful outlook! This is a truly precious time and I love that my children can find such joy in simple things. In our home, we always look for frugal ways to make holidays special and I love finding new ideas on Pinterest, or other blogs, or even from friends on Facebook. I love the spirit of sharing and wish we could view it as fun. There's enough competition in the world - motherhood should be a team effort :)

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  8. MHere is my take: people sit around and write blogs about how other moms are spending too much time doing crafts, etc. have too much time on their hands. Keep on doing what you are doing. I'm going to need these ideas in a few years. xoxo

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    1. You are a wise woman, Ashley!! Of course, I already knew that and I know those lucky little girls are in for some special holidays :)

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