I have a confession to make: I have a love/hate relationship with Pinterest.
I love all the amazing and creative ideas that are out there, and the idea that I can search for any craft ideas at 2am and then have a board filled with pins to try for the next day is fantastic. And then I wake up late, scramble to get the day started and the board that filled me with glee at 2am is now giving me a headache.
If you’ve ever searched Pinterest for anything remotely related to homeschooling there are a bazillion pins that pop up, and each one of those pins links to something creative that someone has done, either a craft or a lesson or a printable or storage or their homeschool space. I don’t know about you, but sometimes I get sucked into Pinterest and keep clicking and clicking and clicking…….and then after an hour I find I’m comparing everything that I do in our homeschool days to what I’m seeing on the screen.
They have such beautiful built ins -no wonder they have room for all those books!
Look that that pretty art wall – man, I’d love to have that space!
How does she come up with all those printables and still sleep?
A field trip guide for every field trip? What?!
Before I realized it I was looking around our homeschool space and saw everything that was *wrong* with it. I decided that the craft I thought was so cute is just not good enough to share. I wondered what’s wrong with me that I can’t keep my 3 year old occupied long enough to work with the older girls. I was constantly trying to come up with new and fun ideas for the kids to do, and it was exhausting.
Finally, I decided to do a radical thing: I ditched Pinterest.
I didn’t log into Pinterest for one month, and it was the best decision I’ve made yet. Because you know what? My homeschool can’t look like your homeschool because our lives are totally different! We do school in the morning because that’s when Little Man naps. Our art time is in the afternoon or on weekends when I let the girls’ imagination run wild. No huge lessons for us – we focus on our CC material, math, spelling and reading.
Because I wasn’t on Pinterest I started making my own printables for Sam to use – which has been a ton of fun! I used to search Pinterest the last thing at night and now I snuggle with my husband and watch a show. Instead of using the app on my phone in the morning I check the weather and then put the phone down.
After a month I started wading back into the Pinterest world, but to my surprise it’s lost it’s shine. I still have fun pinning projects, but I find that I’m pinning things I know that I can do, instead of projects that are totally out of my realm. I’m pinning lesson ideas that actually go with our CC curriculum instead of pinning lessons that are cool, but I know we won’t do.
The biggest change? I don’t search *homeschool rooms* or *homeschool storage* any more. Our room may not have a huge art wall or massive built ins with tons of excess storage space, but we have lovely windows with the river right outside. We have bookshelves that are able to store what we use, and we have a table that we can all gather around.
My best take away from my Pinterest Break is this: There is NO PERFECT HOMESCHOOL. There isn’t a perfect homeschool room, or homeschool storage, or homeschool crafts/curriculum/etc. Everyone works with that they have, and that’s okay! We need to stop comparing our spaces and crafts and lessons to the person across the internet. Make your homeschool work for your family, instead of trying to copy what works for someone else.
You’ll be a lot happier. I promise.