I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for MetLife. I received a promotional item as a thank you for participating.
I will hear my husband call out to me: Take your time getting dressed, honey! I am running a nice hot bath for you. Why don’t you soak in the tub for awhile? Don’t worry, the kids won’t bother you because they are busy folding laundry.
Wouldn’t that be a great way to start off my Mother’s Day? That scenario may play out in some alternate universe, but here on Planet Earth, here’s how things will really go down at my house:
I wake up (early) to the sounds of kids fighting over whose turn it is to play XBox. My husband hears it too, and looks up from his iPad long enough to tell the boys to quit arguing. Then, he’ll go back to checking his Facebook account. He will notice that Facebook people are wishing others a Happy Mother’s Day. A lightbulb will go off in his head. He’ll quietly go in and remind the kids to wish me a Happy Mother’s Day. The kids are still playing XBox and will grumble about how they don’t want to quit the game. I can hear all of this going on from the other room, by the way.
I don’t get my feelings hurt because my kids are choosing XBox over me. I know they love me and will eventually unplug from their game long enough to give me Mother’s Day hugs and kisses. But it sure would be nice if we could all (myself included) spend a few hours of quality time together without updating our Facebook status. playing XBox, or looking at our smartphones every few minutes for email updates. Don’t you agree?
MetLife thinks so, too. That is why they are inviting everyone to honor mom on Mother’s Day with a #SocialBlackout event. It’s probably the easiest event you will ever attend – because you are not supposed to show up! I joined the event and even downloaded this cute Snoopy badge to show my support. You can do it, too! It’s easy.
I made a list of three things I would like to do with my family while we are unplugged for the Mother’s Day #SocialBlackout.
- Go on a family bike ride
- Take a long, uninterrupted bath (or shower, I’m not too picky…the key word here is *uninterrupted*)
- Hug my kids and tell them how lucky I am to be their mother