Kid Tested

So not pinterested.

July 25, 2013

I have a love/hate relationship with Pinterest. As inspiring as it is, it also has a way of making me feel sub-par when it comes to cooking, decorating, and especially parenting. I like to think I am a decent parent…. I make sure my kids are fed, clothed, loved, exercised, read to, exposed to different activities, and even a little cultured. But its people who post things like this that just make you feel like you are simply not doing enough.


What? Lavender dyed and scented rice for a calming bedtime activity? Just stop. Please. I throw on a cartoon, give the kids a bath, read them a story and that is about all I can handle by 7pm. As soothing as this bin of purple rice may be for the kids, the thought of it all over my living room floor stresses me out. This pin is being sent to my board entitled “Top 10 Most Ridiculous Pins I Swear I Will Never Try”. And in the new hashtag world that we live in, here is what I have to say about this: #overthetop #stopmakingmefeelikeacrappymom #mykidbeatupyourlavenderricekid

How about this for a soothing bedtime activity: Take your kids outside. Make them run laps around the house until they are red in the face and tired them out the good old fashioned way.

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No lavender scented rice required.

I’m not bitter or jealous or trying to be mean, I promise. I think I’m just trying to make myself feel better. A defense mechanism. For all you lavender rice people out there… more power to you (and your vacuum cleaner!)

Oh, and tied for second place in my list of things I will never try is this:

paint bags

Disaster waiting to happen.

And this has nothing to do with kids but is just plain weird:


What’s wrong with simply eating raw vegetables anymore?

My, it felt good to get that off my chest. Now excuse me while I go dismantle my soap box because if someone could prove that lavender rice increases cognitive abilities and would send my kids to Harvard, then I guess I’d do it too….but until then, I’ll stick to what I know.


  • Natalie
    July 25, 2013 at 9:21 pm

    Totally know how you feel! this is hilarious!! thanks 🙂

  • Amyrenninger
    July 25, 2013 at 10:05 pm

    U go girl!!! That’s my daughter…. Wait till u Pinterest my methods for teaching bike riding!!!! Just kiss and hug your kids…. U can’t do it enough!!!

  • whazupfamily
    July 26, 2013 at 12:12 am

    You are SO SO FUNNY! My personal favorite is “#mykidbeatupyourlavenderricekid”! I can tell you because I am old and experienced that ‘lavender mom’ will probably home school her kid and totally screw it up as well.

    • sisterstosons
      July 26, 2013 at 9:09 am

      Thanks AJ!! I almost deleted that line, but glad I didn’t 🙂 !!!

  • Casey Leigh
    July 26, 2013 at 9:04 am

    I’m pretty sure your boys will go Ivy League with or without lavender rice 🙂 and… What would you say about a mom that makes a camo cake with spinach juice as food coloring?

    • sisterstosons
      July 26, 2013 at 9:10 am

      Funny Case!! I would say the hashtags in my post apply to spinach juice mom as well!

  • Hilliary Mallory
    July 26, 2013 at 12:02 pm

    Very well said, I used to feel that way about Martha Stewart, but aleast her ideas were only delivered monthly instead of every minute. Your methods are perfect!

    • sisterstosons
      July 29, 2013 at 6:07 pm

      So true, Mrs. Mallory!! I guess Pinterest is sort of the modern day Martha! Thanks for the positive reinforcement!

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