Disclosure: I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for MetLife. I received a promotional item as a thank you for participating.
This past weekend while at SoFabCon we were challenged by Tiffany Romero of The SITS Girls to unplug. To take some time away from technology and be 100% present while with our family. What a better time to initiate that change than this weekend. For Mothers Day I plan to have a #SocialBlackout. Are you ready to take that challenge?
I honestly have no idea what Colby has planned for Mother’s Day. He did tell me that he and the girls would be making a trip to a certain store this week… so I know has he something up his sleeves. As far as any other plans go though, I have no clue. He knows I hate surprises… and even more so I do not like him spending money on me. But, at the same time, I know how much my 9 year old thrives on gifting. She never misses a birthday, anniversary, reason to celebrate. So I cannot take that away from her.
That same 9 year old is also the one that calls me out. That insists that I spend too much time on the computer. And it hurts… because I know she is right.
I work my fingers to the bone because I want to make sure we can pay the bills. I want my kids to be able to experience things that my blog allows them to do and that we otherwise could not afford. But in doing so, sometimes I loose sight of the big picture. That I am working to make life better for them… yet they need me more than anything else. Believe me, my kids have put me in my place more times than I care to admit.
This is why I will be taking part in MetLife’s #SocialBlackout this Sunday. MetLife is asking us all to simply unplug this Mother’s Day. Instead of paying attention to our social networking friends, let’s pay attention to our moms. Or, as in my case, let’s pay attention to those little beings that make us a mom. Our families deserve 100% of our attention not only on Mother’s Day, but every day.
I can tell you that for me personally, this will be a struggle. Sad, I know. I typically “partially” unplug on the weekends. I am not as active online and rarely engage… I simply creep on Facebook. But, this Sunday I will not even do that.
We have church in the morning and then normally a cook out at my parent’s house. Therefore, in order to completely avoid any temptation, I told Colby that I will simply leave my phone at home all day. He has his phone if anyone needs to get in touch with us… but I will not have mine.
I WANT to give my kids more of me. And, more importantly, they NEED more of me.
I am ready and excited. I plan to make days like this a weekly occurrence.
How about you? Will you join me in the #SocialBlackout Movement?
Here is how you can help spread the Mother’s Day movement:
- Join the #SocialBlackout event page
- Invite your friends to join
- Log off Social Media on Mother’s Day
- Make the picture above your profile image for Sunday. (optional)