How Parents Can Use Pinterest

By Jessica Streit

Two weeks ago I was writing an article about paint activities for kids. Part of my research was done on Pinterest. When I wanted to find new gluten-free menu items for my family, I went to Pinterest. When I was looking for parenting advice, can you guess where I went?

Pinterest is one of the fastest growing social media sites. If you are not yet on Pinterest, it might be time for you to check it out. It contains millions of “pins,” covering every topic you can imagine. Your time on Pinterest might consist of looking at fashion, recipes or home decorating ideas. But are you utilizing it for the benefit of you as a parent? You could be.

Here’s three ways that parents could use Pinterest (besides in your promotion of your blog or business): 

1. Private Boards for Gift Giving - On Pinterest, you have the ability to create a private board that can only be viewed by those you allow access. You can use this feature to make gift giving easier for you and your family. Create a board for each child that contains pins to items they have on their wish list (you can do this together). Then add family members to the boards so they can view and comment on the items. When the item has been received, delete it from the board.

Pinteresting Boards: Toys R Us, Target 

2. Activity Inspiration - Need inspiration for a birthday party? Head on over to Pinterest. If you want to start cooking with kids and need ideas on where to start, head to Pinterest. You can also use it for craft ideas to do with your kids. Pinterest will make you a hit at home! You will find the most amazing ideas that your kids will love. I am excited to make these robots out of recycled items that I saw and I know my boys are going to love them too!

If you are new to Pinterest, be warned, it can become very addicting. Thirty minutes on Pinterest can fly by and before you know it, it’s been two hours. It will also provide you with more ideas than you have time to follow through on.

Pinteresting Boards: Kid Blogger Network (a collection of the best Pins from the best kid bloggers out there), BabyCenter 

3. How-To’s - Pinterest can provide you with ways to style your child’s hair, create unique and inexpensive Halloween costumes, make gift ideas for the teacher (I love this idea for Teacher Appreciation Week.) or class parties. You can find a how-to for just about anything on Pinterest. If you don’t find what you need, search the web yourself and pin it to your own board. Chances are, someone else will need it, as well.

Pinteresting Boards: Life Hacker (or just search Parenting Hacks and check out what you get) 

The benefits of Pinterest include making your life easier, more beautiful and full of flavorful food. Some of the ideas you will find on Pinterest will amaze you. Some of the ideas will make you laugh. Hopefully, plenty will inspire you to live a better life and hopefully make parenting just a little bit easier.

 Jessica Streit is an educator, freelance writer and single mom of 2 boys. Her writing can be found on a variety of topics including personal finance, education and parenting. She blogs about overcoming debt and living a royal life on a budget at The Debt Princess.

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