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Pinterest: The photo sharing website that has people who’ve never tweeted or dug or stumbled ohhing and ahhing and drooling and pinning like it’s their job. Everything is just so pretty and perfect and amazing and inspiring, it’s easy to understand why. Well, yes, that’s true, but there’s a reason I no longer have an account there. Because it makes me feel like shit.

I know that I’m not the craftiest mother on the block, but after Pinterest, I feel like an utter creative failure. Clothespins with outfits drawn on? Pfft. People are building play kitchens! From old Ikea bookcases! With their own bare hands! My cooking may be tasty, but it’s certainly far from pin-worthy and my house looks downright filthy compared to the boards on the site.

Surely, I can’t be the only mother feeling less than adequate compared to that perfection. So, as a service to any of you who might be feeling similarly, I’d like to offer a few snapshots into my life. Guess which ones they are..

A loving breakfast.

Laundry, laundry, laundry.


A child’s bed.


Clothing organization.

.Arts & Crafts

Now, don’t you feel better about yourself?

About the writer


What started as an innocent on-line baby book to chronicle Jill Smokler’s stay-at-home days with her children, quickly transformed into a vibrant community of parents, brought together by a common theme: Parenting doesn’t have to be perfect. Welcome to Scary Mommy!


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Kelly 3 years ago

ahhhhhhhhhh thank you! I literally feel better now! Plus I laughed. Properly.

دانلود فیلم 3 years ago

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Julie 3 years ago

heh heh heh- I don’t know who you are, but I LOVE you!!

Alex@LateEnough 3 years ago

I love this so much. I dreamt I joined Pinerest one night. It was so sad and scary.

Sara 3 years ago

If it makes you feel inadequate, why make a post obsessing about pinterest even more? Why not just delete your account? Leave it to those of us who enjoy it!

Denise 3 years ago

I’m so glad I’m not alone! I was feeling completely inadequate and wondering why I even go on here if I’m going to feel bad about myself when I saw your post. Thank you!

Bambi Casady 4 years ago

I love that your home is exactly like mine, all the way down to the basketball goal knocked over in the basement! I had to chuckle at that! That is my house to a T! I have all those pictures on Pinterest as well. With 2 teenagers (they aren’t bad), a 5 year old, 2 year old, and they daycare that I run….Oh, who am I kidding, my house would look this way no matter what! I say, I’d rather have a messy house and happy kids anyday!

cindy 4 years ago

I think it was just that you didn’t use the flash when you took your pictures…yeah, that’s it. No flash.

Jess Renee 4 years ago

I love this, stumbled onto this while googling something completely unrelated. Glad I’m not alone in not being able to keep up with my kids’ wake of destrution visited on my home every day. Thanks for the Pintrest heads-up, I was getting curious, as an adult living under a rock with young kids, trends are some of the last things I know about.

Janine 4 years ago

Thank you for this blog post. Now I know I’m not the only one!

Ellie 4 years ago

Awesome. I can’t stop laughing. You made my day.

Molly 4 years ago

I’m a little late to this party, but this post made me laugh like a madwoman! I am afraid of pinterest…between blogging, triberr, facebook, and twitter I already neglect my kids enough. If I added pinterest, someone would call social services for sure.

Becky @ Sowing Little Seeds 4 years ago


Tiffini S. 4 years ago

This is one funny fucking post. I am still laughing. Thanks!

Shey 4 years ago

OMG! I love it! I am so glad I am not the only one whose house is NOT neat and organized! Thank you for making me laugh and allowing me to realize that I AM NORMAL!

CuvieMama 4 years ago

Thank you so much for this! I seriously come home at the end of a day and go ohh my I cant invite people over here.. its horrendous Im embarressed to host! ( living in a townhouse till our home 4 hours away sells) But now that I see my house is NORMAL and my kids play room is I sure dont feel bad at all! THANKS!

Off Duty Mom 4 years ago

Love this. I love Pinterest, but my life will never look like my Pinterest boards. :)

ashley 4 years ago

Thank you! you made my day!

K.D. 4 years ago

Awesome. I love this post. I love your photos. I am so with you. Do kids want aesthetic perfection? No. They want love and participation and happiness and laughter. Awesome post.

GrimFuture 4 years ago

This is great and too true! (I pinned it) 😀

Heidi Bryan 4 years ago

Thank you God…I have an account, and I never use it for fear of feeling even more inadequate as a mother and homemaker

Dr. Momsie 4 years ago

Love it! Shouldn’t laugh so hard at work :) It’s got me thinkin . . . I may have some new pics to pin from my own collection!

Anele 4 years ago

I love you!! You make my day nuff said! 😀

Mindy 4 years ago

I heart you. That is all.
– From a fellow Pinterest hater

Kelli 4 years ago

I try stuff on Pinterest. if it works out yay. If not I don’t care.
It might be eatable anyway!
Life is too short to compare yourself to those on the internet.

Lolo 4 years ago

Well geez. Pinterest motivates me. I see it, I pin it, I do it. Ive found so many fun things to do with kids and recipes to use and even DIY laundry soap that has literally changed my world (no more eczema on me or my kids). So I’m a full blown pinterest fan. Lol

Also…funny today is the first time I’ve felt motivated to comment on one of your posts..I just reblogged someone’s excerpt of your Motherhood Manifesto.. (with a link back to the publisher, of course)

Dee 4 years ago

I have to pin this. Have. To.:)

Candy 4 years ago

I am totally pinning this post in my Must Reads. This is hysterical. I don’t even have kids at home any more and my house looks more like yours than anything on Pinterest.

Paige 4 years ago

This is an awesome post, so refreshing, made me laugh out loud! I’m new to your site, but I will be back! Thanks for sharing!

Claire G 4 years ago

Hah! I love the clothes organization most of all, because having clothes actually IN drawers, instead of in a pile of clean laundry bigger than my children is a huge accomplishment here. I dont care if they’re folded, or even in the right child’s dresser, just get them off my floor & into a drawer!!!

Sara 4 years ago

Well put!
Im glad im not the only one who felt this way!

Nicole 4 years ago

Listen to me… those pictures are NOT normal! My house looks exactly like yours. Don’t feel bad!

Jessica Hollis-Brown 4 years ago

Holy shit, Pinterest is an awesome escape and inspiration, but apart from the recipes, the crafty stuff is just wishful thinking and mental masturbation. I love it, but that arts and crafts station is frightening!!! Who DOES this shit? Anyone? Or is it all a conspiracy to keep us Slacker Moms guilt tripping? LOL

vikki 4 years ago

Thanks for a great post. My children are all grown and gone now, but as I go through Pinterest and all the great blogs out there I feel like I really was a bit of a failure. At least I think we all have our failings and even if our homes don’t look like the wonderful ones on Pinterest, we still love our children. Now I am into spoiling grandchildren and that is a bit easier.

Katie 4 years ago

I feel like I should pin YOUR pictures on a board called “Reality”.

Katie @ Wildwood Creek 4 years ago

Too funny!

April 4 years ago

I love this! Martha Stewart used to make me feel like a failure…now Pinterest makes me feel like a COSMIC LOSER! I look at all the pictures and think “If only I had the maid, the butler, the cook, and the nanny I was supposed to have, my house could look like this too. Of course after I won the lottery”!
Thanks for letting me know that I’m not the only one that feels like a bowl of cereal and milk is a nutritious breakfast! :)

Nicole 4 years ago

Thank you. Just thank you.

SL Schildan 4 years ago

Nope, I don’t feel better. You have no idea. Don’t drop in for coffee or a glass of wine without at least a 2 or 3 day warning. Weeks would be better. Seriously.

    Helen 4 years ago

    I feel your pain…I’ve got company coming NEXT month, and I started cleaning last month!! Haven’t gotten very far, though…

Katie 4 years ago

Love this! I always say our house is a home not a museum. :)

heather r morgan 4 years ago

You better get back on Pinterest and pin those up at once, I would follow you in a heartbeat! I use Pinterest to keep stuff I want to find on the Internet that I don’t want to download, some of it *your* graphics from Scary Mommy btw…

Alethea Ballard 4 years ago

PS – I went to my Pintrest site all of once. Thought about recommending it to my friend but didn’t want to torture her. It’s like Martha Stewart – makes you feel like a colossal underachiever.

Janice (5 Minutes for Mom) 4 years ago

Beyond awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!! And my life is like YOURS! :)

Kymberly 4 years ago

Love it.

Wait … in Pinspeak I believe I should say

“Yes Please!”

Lis 4 years ago




Me AND my husband are dying here.

MJ 4 years ago

Now i dont feel so bad about not being “perfect”. I can totally relate to your photos. Thanks for sharing!!


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