I heard an interesting talk yesterday. A couple of mom bloggers talked about how we compare ourselves to others by what we see on the internet. We get on Pinterest and feel like we’re failing because our child’s last birthday party wasn’t a color-coordinated outdoor tea party with hanging lanterns. We look at Facebook and we’re discouraged because everyone is doing way cooler stuff than us. We read others’ blogs and wonder why our kids don’t love each other ALL the time. But, they pointed out, that is not reality.
See, the stuff we post on Facebook and Pinterest and even our blogs is for the most part only the good things that we do or that happen. We don’t post our failed Lego cake to Pinterest. We don’t Facebook about how our kids got Cs on their report cards. And we don’t blog about how one of our kids got angry at another for not being willing to play Barbies. But, more often than not, those are the reality.
It was kind of shocking to realize that I was guilty of that. See, this week, my baby lost her first tooth! Can you believe that?? It makes me feel so old! I was so excited for her that I posted this picture to Facebook:
Isn’t she the cutest? She was so excited to put her tooth under her pillow and wait for the tooth fairy to come.
Unfortunately, that picture does not tell the whole story. This one does a little better job . . .
She bit into a chicken nugget (I know, that’s the most healthy dinner ever!), and her tooth became pretty loose. It apparently hurt, so while she was crying, Jon decided to “help” the tooth out. That didn’t actually “help” matters at all. She was too upset to even be excited she lost a tooth . . . and too scared to finish chewing her chicken nugget.
And, that’s the whole story. But, you wouldn’t know it by looking at Facebook. Because I only put the “good” picture there. In all honesty, I don’t know that we all need to post the absolute, unvarnished truth about everything. Because, let’s face it, that would probably be depressing. But, maybe, we all need to be a little less hard on ourselves for those things we think everyone else does better than us. 🙂