If you haven’t already checked it out, you have surely heard about Pinterest.com.
The virtual inspiration board website is a collection of information from other users in the Internet community, and it can provide some great resources for ideas on activities with your kids, meal recipes, home remedies for minor illnesses, or just a good laugh when you’re having a rough day.
Most of Pinterest’s users are female, but Pinterest can be a great resource for all parents, Mom and Dad alike, if you know how to use it as a tool for helping you maximize your parenting time with your kids.
Below is some basic information on how to use Pinterest and some ideas for different boards you can create that may help as you transition to becoming a two-household family.
First, you will need to sign up on Pinterest.com. The easiest way to do so is to link Pinterest to your Facebook account.
By clicking on the “Register” button on Pinterest’s home page, you will be provided with directions on signing in for the first time. If you don’t have a Facebook account, you can also sign up with an email account or a Twitter account.
Facebook or Twitter will allow you to “friend” other contacts on Pinterest, and thus see what those friends may be “pinning” on their boards.
How Pinterest Works
When you log in, you will have the option of creating boards, which are essentially categories for sorting the various things you see and want to save or refer back to on Pinterest.
Pinterest will suggest some general categories for boards to you when you first sign up, and you can use those or create your own as you go along.
Pinterest will also prompt you to choose other Pinterest users to “follow,” which means as those other people add things to their boards (“pinning”), those new “pins” will show up on your home page on Pinterest.
For example, if you’re following Jane Smith on Pinterest, and Jane pins a new recipe to her “dinner” board, that pin will pop up on your home page when you log into Pinterest. Each item added to a board is called a “pin.”
The pins are essentially pictures that can also be associated with links to an outside webpage. A pin of a recipe will likely be a picture of the meal, but clicking on the picture will take you to the actual recipe itself on another website. The more you use Pinterest, the easier (and more fun) you will find the pinning process.
Finding Helpful Information On Pinterest
There are 3 ways to find pins:
1) By following other people and “repinning” the items they pin on their boards when those pins show up on your home page;
2) By choosing a category to view at the top of your Pinterest home page (categories range from “Everything” to “Kids” to “Cars and Motorcycles”); or
3) By typing a topic in the search box in the top left corner of the page.
Dads who may be spending more one-on-one time with their kids now that a dissolution action is pending may be interested in the “Kids” category or the “DIY/Crafts” category for fun activities to do during parenting time or tips on parenting methods or dealing with certain situations.
There are countless sources on Pinterest for recipes, from healthy dinner recipes to fun holiday dessert recipes, which would also be helpful for dads who may have newly taken over duties of fixing dinner, or school lunches, or breakfast in the mornings for their kids.
If your role during the marriage was as the stay-at-home parent, there are also resources regarding time management with balancing your new work schedule with household or parenting duties.
Fair warning, though: once you know how to use Pinterest, it can get addicting!