Last year, I celebrated Thanksgiving in this column by rounding up some Mom’s Gold Star submissions, and this year I’ve done the same thing in the name of holiday tradition. There are very few traditions that I have on the blog that aren’t revolting, and frankly, I’m thankful every time I receive a new Gold Star submission. The submissions not only represent examples of parents “doing it right,” but also examples of friends wanting to give their parent friends props. It’s always nice to read the enthusiasm someone has for a friend who doesn’t overshare, but instead uses Facebook as a medium to be funny, honest, or just plain silly.
I think people naturally gravitate toward using social media to complain or get something off their chest, because complaining is what comes easiest, especially for parents who are overwhelmed and use Facebook to connect with other people feeling the same way. Being funny in the face of exhaustion takes actual effort, and complaining doesn’t. That’s what the Mom’s Gold Star is about, and I’m happy to say that it’s one of the most common types of submissions I receive. Sure, not every submission is worthy of the title, in my opinion, but many of the status updates are certainly heading in the right direction. If parents approached sites like Facebook with more of a lighthearted and thoughtful stance, rather than as a place to deposit every negative thought that fills their head, it would be more fun to read. Of course, the same can be said for everyone, but for today’s purposes, let’s take a look at several parents who fit the Gold Star bill. Sometimes, it’s as simple as saying what’s really on your mind: