Guest Post: Giving Thanks and Taking a Pledge to Unplug

Thomas P. Farley, co-founder of Thanksgiving Unplugged, and I are both “thankful” for the support of the Momiverse,  an online lifestyle magazine that encourages busy Moms to take time — and make time — for themselves, while navigating their crazy, hectic and harried world, and for Momiverse taking a special interest in our campaign to “Go Unplugged.”

The founder and editorial director of the Momiverse, Charmin Calamaris took the time to write two beautiful blogs supporting our national campaign. I asked Charmin if I may feature one of her blogs on my own site. It’s written first hand by a busy woman who juggles life but has taken the time to show gratitude for her family, colleagues and fellow moms, much like many of you.  Whether you are a mom, a dad, single or married, student or exec, we can all identify with her sentiments.

I’m happy to share her post with you below (link also here)…

Giving Thanks and Taking a Pledge to Unplug

By Charmin Calamaris

Practicing the attitude of gratitude is something we should do all year, not just on Thanksgiving. Becoming a parent provides us with daily reminders – and in my case, two loud, energetic ones (8 and 6 year old boys). I try to make a point to remind my kids regularly about all the wonderful things they have to be thankful for. I tell my boys, “I didn’t have as many toys as you do when I was a kid” and “I had to walk a mile to the bus stop on a dirt road for school each morning.” Seriously. No lie. Okay, it was only ¼ of a mile.

I’m not sure those points really register with them, since my Kindergartner recently asked me what I was doing when Columbus discovered America. Though, when I hear them say their prayers at night and they remember to include things like health, home, cozy bed, Star Wars, family, NERF guns, a great school, and Angry Birds, then I feel a bit relieved.

With the Thanksgiving holiday approaching next week in the United States, I would like to take this opportunity to give thanks for the Momiverse community and invite you to use this time with your families to unplug. Keep reading…


Diane Gottsman

Diane Gottsman is a national etiquette expert and modern manners professional, sought out industry leader, television personality, accomplished speaker, Huffington Post blogger, author, and the owner of The Protocol School of Texas, a company specializing in executive leadership and etiquette training. Diane is routinely quoted in national and international media including The New York Times, The BBC, CNN, Bloomberg Business Week, Kiplinger, Huffington Post Canada, U.S. News and World Report, and Forbes. She is the resident etiquette expert for two popular morning talk shows, SA Living and Good Day Austin. She has been seen on The TODAY Show, HLN Headline News, WGN Chicago, and CBS Sunday Morning. Her clients range from university students to Fortune 500 companies and her workshops cover topics ranging from tattoos in the workplace to technology at the dinner table and the proper use of social media.

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