I call it the Pinterest-effect. Though that isn’t fair because Pinterest isn’t the originator or even the main perpetrator, just the newest one. The Pinterest effect is where we get bogged down with new, creative, original, and BEAUTIFUL ideas and suddenly we need picture-perfect.
We can no longer have a party. It has to be themed and coordinated with matching cupcakes and innovative, useful and cute take-home gifts. And all of it needs to be pin-worthy.
The boys can no longer just stumble through words to ask a girl to homecoming. The “proposal” for the dance date must be memorable, like filling her room with dozens of balloons she has to pop to find the poem with the question inside. Now the girl has an Instagram photo to brag about.
A girl stares at her face in the mirror. Her teeth are too yellow. Her nose too wide. But it can all be fixed. The neighbor’s done it. She can use her graduation money.
Dear moms, I am trying to teach my girls that they are beautiful because God is their creator. There is beauty in His detail, always. Stop making it so hard to convince them. Let’s have a party without a theme, with a bowl of popcorn, some root beer and a pact to grow old without bleaching our teeth, fixing our nose, or dying away our gray hairs. Let’s open our mouths wide and laugh at picture perfect, because we know it never lasts.
We can’t convince our girls that inner beauty matters if we are still chasing picture-perfect.
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