May 9, 2013

Social Media Blackout My Mother's Day Gift

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 Mother's Day I'm going to give myself the gift of a social media blackout. Why? I want to spend the day being present with my children and truly be engaged with them and enjoy my day. I don't want to miss any moment of the day because I'm buried in my phone or trying to post a cute picture to Facebook. That can wait until Monday!  MetLife has created the #SocialBlackout movement, which challenges everyone to log off of social media on Mother’s Day (May 12th) and give Mom the time and attention she deserves!

I love Mother's Day! After all it's a day that I get to celebrate me so what's not to love? Usually I spend the morning and afternoon with my family alone and then we go to dinner with my mom and brother. I love that I get to be celebrated and I also get to make my mom feel special too!

But this Mother's Day is a first for me. I moved to North Carolina a few weeks ago and it will be my first Mother's Day spending the day without her. It's going to be a hard day for me without my mom here but my husband has planned some surprises and a fun lunch for us. And we will still take our traditional family photo before heading out to church on Sunday. I love these photos and I torture my family with one every year! And while I can't go a whole day without taking a picture or video, I am pledging to stay off of social media for the whole day.

 
 I love the idea of taking time away from social media for the day so I can truly be present and not miss a moment. I spend so much time on my computer working from home that it's difficult for me to unplug. But I'm up for the challenge. And our husbands and kids need to take the same pledge. This isn't just a challenge for moms; we all need to be present this Mother's Day! Now my kids are too little to participate, but I was easily able to get my husband on board with the pledge. To be fair, it's not a difficult thing I'm asking of him but I think he would give me diamonds if I asked for them right now after a move across the country.

I hope all of you will join the MetLife #SocialBlackout movement! It's the easiest event you can ever attend since you don't have to show up. MetLife created a cute profile picture alerting everyone that you're saying goodbye to social media for the day. It's a great way to share the information with all of your friends! You can learn more information on their Facebook page.

My kids seeing their first snail a moment too good to miss!


Why are your reasons for joining the #SocialBlackout?

15 comments:

  1. I have been hearing about the Social Blackout and I think it is a great idea! I get tired of feeling so dependent on my phone/computer all of the time and don't like seeing my boys' noses buried in the ipad/ipod. I actually took everything away from my boys today because it was getting ridiculous. I think we'll continue it through the weekend. Happy Mother's Day! Hope you are getting settled from your move.

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    1. Thanks! Happy Mother's Day to you too!

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  2. This sounds like a great idea for those that are addicted to social media. Hope you enjoy your day!

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  3. I love the fact that there's a proper movement for this now. We only get to spend Sunday's together as a family, so we try to 'unplug' those days and just be present. Doesn't always work (work seems to somehow sneak in every now and then), but I'm totally down for unplugging this Sunday.

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    1. I know what you mean about work sneaking in. I think we need to turn our phones off and keep them far away so we are not tempted to work.

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  4. Great idea...I wonder if I could relax without social media..I think I might feel like I've forgotten something lol

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    1. You know I wondered the same thing since going on social media is a way that I spend my down time. Maybe I'll actually be able to take a nap.

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  5. I love this idea!!! Mostly for my husband, who has the hardest time ever unplugging. Though, if I'm honest, I'm not 100% confident I'd do ok without social media the whole day!!

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    1. You can do it! I can't imagine a day without any technology, but I can go a day without social media.

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  6. What a cute pic of the kids looking at the snail.

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    1. Me too! They are such desert kids so nature is a new thing for them. I love seeing moments like these.

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  7. I will be logging off as well and turning off my alerts!

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    1. Oooo I forgot about turning off alerts, that is important too. Enjoy your day away from social media.

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  8. Yea this is my 5 mother's day without my mom, but I love the idea of a social media blackout day! I kind of did it during lent but today is another perfect day. Our kiddos grow up so fast and we wouldn't be able to celebrate today without them so this is great. I'm in!

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