If you haven’t discovered Pinterest yet, you should check it out! It’s an online board designed for sharing and saving all of those wonderful things that you find while browsing randomly around the internet. All those links that you just know will be valuable someday, but don’t know where to put, can be safely stored, complete with pictures and your own notes about what you’ve found. For a homeschooling parent, this can be invaluable. There are dozens, even hundreds, of links that you know will be useful “down the road,” but by the time you actually need them, you’ve completely lost track of where you found them. A Google search might pull them up again…or it might result in utter frustration as you search in vain for a half-remembered website. With Pinterest, you can sort, rearrange, and save those websites forever.
On the other hand, Pinterest boards frequently set a very high standard that is very different from the reality. It’s easy to get lost in Pinterest land, pinning away as you find things that are interesting, cool, or otherwise fascinating…and never actually accomplish any of them. Sure, that art project looks awesome, and all of those things you can do with your baby’s old crib are intriguing; but none of them do you any good as long as they are sitting there on a board, mocking you, reminding you of all of the great intentions you have without ever getting you any closer to accomplishing any of them.
Pinterest is a wonderful tool. It can help you keep track of your dreams, hold on to old pictures, and remember ideas that would otherwise become fleeting memories, half-captured at best when you went back to look at them again. On the other hand, it’s also a trap—because “It does not do to dwell in dreams and forget to live.”
So what’s the solution?