'Pinterest Perfection' may create pressure for moms

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. In the past people would take pictures at parties, now we create parties from pictures, putting the pressure on mom to be 'Pinterest Perfect.'

Vanessa Young and Stephanie Riordan are moms who admit they love browsing Pinterest and have used the site to inspire them when it comes to parties and entertaining.

"Oh there's so many neat ideas out there and that's the problem, you kind of just went beserko at first," said Young.

"I was a little carried away with Pinterest because there's so many ideas," said Riordan.

Pinterest, like other social media sites is a place for users to share ideas and inspiration. Users 'pin' or post pictures of just about anything, from workout motivation to work and projects around the house.

Pinterest is a way that you can go there and you can find fun ideas for an at home party from everything from invitations to the decorations to how to decorate a cake," said Connie Ferguson, the owner of Shabby Chic in Grand Junction.

But more and more, Pinterest is bringing more than just ideas to the table. It can create pressure among moms to create elaborate crafts, or homemade decor.

"Pinterest now puts the pressure on us who can almost top each other, and obviously it's for mom,” said Young.

Scott Aber, a professional licensed counselor, says moms already have enough pressure.

“It’s a no win situation trying to compare ourselves to everybody else," said Aber.

And on Pinterest, comparing is the name of the game.

“Before you didn't have to worry so much, you weren't looking at all these other party ideas at how exciting they looked," said Riordan.

When surrounded by all this ‘Pinterest Perfection,’ it's easy to feel a little inadequate.

“There's that struggle of where you do see the picture perfect, but you have to kind of remind yourself that it was probably set up and taken for the picture," said Riordan.

“There's pressure, but if used wisely it turns into an awesome party," said Young.

The 'Today Moms' survey found the greatest pressure of moms isn't coming from other mothers, it's self-inflicted.

“I don't have a mom that comes into my office that doesn't think she's not doing a good enough job," says Aber.

“The pressure of being a most perfect mom and not wanting to screw them up is really a huge pressure," said Young.

“I am a little bit of a perfectionist so it's about learning not to be hard on yourself," said Riordan.

Aber says moms need to work together and build each other up, Riordan and Young have found a way to use Pinterest to help them do just that.

“They just rally the troops and say hey moms, could you help me out too, ya know other good girlfriends and we all just put all of our work together and make a really cool party for multiple children," said Young.

“Certain friends that we do get together and actually have Pinterest days, where we bring a project over and help each other finish up a project," says Riordan.

Pinterest can be a way to build women up, not just break them down. Vanessa turned her love and inspiration from Pinterest into her own business. She takes paper goods, such as banners and invitations, and coordinates them so your entire party matches. Which she says is her trick to making your party look amazing without having to try hard.

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