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13 Reasons Why I'm A Bad Mom: Food Edition

By Katherine Stone |

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Is this the kind of lunch you make for your kids?

If you’ve ever taken a look at Pinterest, the wildly popular virtual pinboard site, then you may be feeling inadequate.  On the site, people pin up photographs of things they love, from interior design ideas and recipes to holiday crafting and the coolest stuff for kids. It has rapidly become one of the top ten social networks, with 11 million hits per week according to Wikipedia.

A funny new Tumblr blog called Pinterest You Are Drunk follows just how far Pinterest pinners go.  It inspired me to start paying attention to the things on Pinterest that could make us all start feeling like bad moms and dads if we aren’t careful.

It’s easy to start feeling like a loser after spending even a few minutes on Pinterest, especially if you’re a parent.  There are some mommies and daddies out there going to incredible lengths for their kids.  Forthwith, I share a photo gallery of food preparation, artistic school lunches and recipes for children that have appeared on Pinterest that I will likely NEVER accomplish.  Would you make these things for your kids?

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13 Reasons Why I'm A Bad Mom: Food Edition

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The anonymous author of the Pinterest You Are Drunk site wrote, "If you don't shape your child's food into cartoon characters you probably don't love them." Ha!
Photo credit: Flickr/Lovebones


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Katherine Stone

Katherine Stone is the founder of the most widely-read blog in the world on postpartum depression, Postpartum Progress. She writes about parenting and maternal child health on Babble Voices and Babble Cares, as well as at Huffington Post Parents. Katherine is a mom of two and lives in Atlanta. Follow her on Twitter at @postpartumprog. Read bio and latest posts → Read Katherine's latest posts →

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18 thoughts on “13 Reasons Why I'm A Bad Mom: Food Edition

  1. Richan says:

    Making bento is actually a lot of fun once in a while :)

  2. Wendy says:

    I put notes in my daughters lunch bag sometimes and one time I made it in the shape of a heart…does that count? Congrats to the creative moms and dads out there

  3. LogicalMama says:

    I love the llama rice and curry!!

  4. Suzie says:

    yeah, that llama curry is pretty damn cute…that one does not look too hard…

  5. Manjari says:

    I love the llama too, and also the veggie skeleton. They both look easy.

  6. CW says:

    Making cakes from scratch really is surprisingly easy. I never would’ve guessed that from all the tasteless box-mix cakes I ate growing up. I’m not artistic enough to decorate the cakes with bakery-quality designs like some moms are, but it seriously doesn’t take much talent to bake a cake from scratch.

  7. joan miller says:

    love the concept but had issues with pinterest 502 server errors almost every day so i went with instead. now i’m addicted to thing. love posting things and sending crafty things to my mom. but it also lets me create private boards so that i can plan events without everyone seeing what im doing.

  8. mary says:

    My kids will not eat food that does not look like real food. They would just play with this stuff and never end up eating it. Waste of time.

  9. Kitten says:

    That jello fruit slice thing is super easy to do. I did it once for a “bake off” and won third place!

  10. Donna O'Neil says:

    Pinterest always makes me feel like an underachiever. Then I realize that I work 50 hours a week.

  11. sediim says:

    i don’t know how these pictures of fun things to do with food can actually make a parent feel inadequate. i highly doubt the parents do this EVERY day. every once in a while, my parents would do something fun or funny with food when i was growing up. the stuff on pinterest is just a fun, creative way to do things, ideas to build from. if anyone feels like a bad parent just from looking at cool ideas, it makes me think they’ve got some deeper issues to deal with.

  12. Jamie says:

    Are you kidding me? you make me laugh. Just because you cant accomplish something you think it makes you or others a bad mom? Half of those things people do together as a family actitivity. the time you took to write this you could have accomplished a few of these :)

  13. A Mom says:

    I agree with Sediim. Pinterest inspires me. It doesn’t make me feel inadequate at all! In fact, I feel like a better parent for actively trying to find neat ideas.

  14. Heidi says:

    I get you! I feel like horrible mom here too, well not really. But this does take you down a peg doesn’t it.. This is the same reason I watch Hoarders and Antique Road Show. My house feels so much better after an episode of Hoarders and I feel worse about my last trip to the thrift store after Road Show.

  15. Darla says:

    Yeah ok. Let’s fashion all of our children’s meals into a fun landscape of artwork across their plates so that the day we’re too tired or busy to do it, they could look at the average plate of food and scream about how it’s not fun. Damned if you do, damned if you don’t.

  16. Mamacita says:

    They are all really cute, but most of the Bento boxes don’t really look like they are that tasty or that great of a lunch. Two olive halves on two slices of hard-boiled egg? Parsley? My kids would love to look, but would not want to eat. I do love the rice llama, and I’ve done something like that banana hot dog… only we did banana sushi. Took a tortilla and spread it with a thin layer of peanut butter and jelly, then wrapped it around a banana and sliced.

  17. Kristina says:

    I do fun stuff every now and then, everyday and it wouldn’t be special:) I make teddy bear/mickey mouse/shape/catterpillar pancakes. I cook with my kids all the time. I make stuff from scratch and stuff from boxes. I work 40-45 hours a week. I’m the “messy mom” though, out of most of my friends. All the crafts and glue, I do with my kids and my friends kids lol. I don’t mind a mess:)

  18. heena patel says:

    Nice collection i like this really thnxxx for sharing…..))

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