Australian parents of TikTok go viral for ‘real life’ posts

The mother-of-three hates the word ‘influencer’ but now has over 106,000 followers, she inadvertently became one when she started posting about real life on social media. Disorderly life. The imperfect, busy, frustrating and happy life of a parent. She has since turned her popularity into a podcast called Beyond The Likes, which reached # 1 on the Apple Podcast charts a day after its recent launch, and says parents crave authenticity – that’s exactly what she said. gave them over the past six years, while also raising Charli, 5, Bobby, 4, and Kobe, 2. -old tells Sydney Weekend. “I started by sharing my experiences as a mom on Instagram like everyone else, but I took a more realistic approach and wrote about things that no one had told me about.” I share them. ups and downs and everything in between. “I’m not going to pretend I’m living this glamorous life on Instagram. I get my ass handed every day, I negotiate every hour with tiny dictators and I fantasize about burning all the Legoes every night while kids sleep. the connection they have through social media and podcasts like his, more than ever before, says Gerard. shock everyone’s system but I think people have that underlying guilt so they don’t want to talk and say it’s hard. -holding. Yes they’re adorable and you love them with all your heart and they change your life for the better. But he’s also a relentless travel beast and you have to learn to function with barely a sleep. and in doing so, she found herself organically attracting an audience. “They follow me to make sure they’re not alone,” she said. “I never wanted to be what you would call an influencer, and I hate ste that word. I just did what all the other moms did, and I probably shared a little more than what the average Joe Blow would do, and when the Instagram stories came out I could capture a little bit of my day and I could put together 20 stories, and you might feel like you came with me for a few minutes. “I’m not a celebrity, I don’t have a famous husband, I don’t have this crazy, beautiful job. I guess my followers were built purely on my personality and maybe my sense of humor. sleepless nights that his fans can relate to. “I think we keep it light on the gram and in my own head, that also helps me stay calm,” she says. the ride and make them laugh and show them the fun side, I would probably be so pissed off and annoyed by the situation, so that helps put things in perspective for myself too, and helps keep me sane. “And the women who have messaged me, and the relationships that I have formed are amazing and so encouraging.” For any parent, I think it’s so important to have a support network when you have a child, and whether they are your real friends or people you follow on Instagram, they will uplift you and make you feel normal no matter what you’re going through. on TikTok and Instagram brought a welcome by-product – spending more quality time with her six-year-old daughter, Zara. The couple have over 1.2 million TikTok subscribers under their fingertips @benandzara where fans can’t get enough of the daddy-daughter dynamic, their skits, dance routines, and lip-syncing challenges. – and all of this only dates back to last year. “We were at home during the lockdown last year. I had heard about TikTok and had been thinking about downloading it, so Zara and I started filming the lip sync on songs that were on the app.” said North Sydney’s dad. “It was a fun way to hang out together after having a laugh, and music is something Zara loves.” I was like ‘What the hell is that? is, “I’m going to post a video to the public and it went viral.” People started asking for requests and we continued to have fun with it. “Tate thinks the audience connected with the couple because it offers laughter and levity in uncertain times. “It seems like in today’s climate people are looking for connection… day in and day out we are more on our devices,” he says. ”For us personally , TikTok gives us a way to connect with others through creativity and stupidity. Sometimes this can provide opportunities to laugh or cry over the intricacies of parenting with other parents. “I feel our audience comes to our page for a laugh and (for) a little escape. Personally, when I saw others on TikTok creating entertaining content – knowing they too are locked out, it cheered me up and inspired us to do the same. parent. “Also, it’s been great for my wife and I because we really love coming up with fun concepts and then seeing them come to life. youngest son entering school this year, he predicts more sports and extracurricular activities for both children as well as TikTok videos, so the family juggling will continue. “Spending time together is something you can’t get back and we now have these videos as a keepsake, which I am priceless,” he says. TikTok chief executive Lee Hunter agrees the platform is become a place where parents, grandparents and caregivers from across the country share the joys, frustrations and humor of family life in an authentic and real way. ”Local moms and dads find communities and connections with parents all over the world, and some are even making careers from the creative outlet they found on TikTok, “he says.” It’s exciting to see such diverse and relevant approaches to parenting. Not just the wins, but the messy parts too. “THIS WOMAN FROM TIKTOK Wagga Wagga, optical assistant Tig Powell, 31, was convinced that TikTok was just an app for teenagers, so when a friend told her recommended to try it, she pushed it away for months. , feeling that she was “too old”. Then, in March 2020, as the first Covid lockdown hit, boredom prevailed and she decided to check it out. Over 24,500 followers later, she is arrested on the streets as “that woman from TikTok” – and her six-year-old daughter Aleea is in awe of her “famous” mom. “I was instantly hooked,” admits the single mom. “I always loved making little videos throughout my teens and 20s to make people laugh, and in recent years I’ve often posted funny little skits on my Instagram. In all fairness, it’s been pretty amazing – a lot of ups and only very few downs for me, which I’m very grateful for. the street and recognizing myself from TikTok was the biggest shock to me. I’m just a little old Tig who was born and raised in Wagga, and now I get people who want to meet me and take pictures with me because of my TikTok – it’s wild. “It makes me so happy that I kind of connected with so many people and made them smile.” Powell’s fun and positive videos encourage and motivate other women, and his “brutally honest” approach to living with ADD and raising her daughter has resonated. “Maybe it’s because I don’t take myself too seriously,” she said. “I speak honestly about how I feel and what I think – even though I sound a bit silly in the process. Sometimes I’m funny and silly and sarcastic, and sometimes I show my more serious or vulnerable side. I guess people can connect with me because I’m not trying to be someone I’m not. “I’m a single mom trying to be the best mom possible, while juggling all the crazy things life throws at me. I’m not that super organized mom who is a fabulous cook. I’m not the mom who remembers everyone’s birthdays or controls the constant washing of clothes. “I have ADHD which makes life both a lot of fun and frustrating at times, but life is never boring and I always try to keep a positive and fun attitude. ‘identify with that. “A single video can take Powell from 10 minutes to three days, and Aleea loves them as much as her mother.” There are crazy parents – and their kids – out there who make me smile and laugh. every day, ”she says.“ It’s a good reminder that we don’t have to be perfect parents. “It’s refreshing when you see content from parents doing their best and can laugh about it when things don’t go as planned. Busy and active person, Powell says the lockdown has made her anxious to return to the classroom. world and leaving the safe little space she had created at home with her daughter – so she did a TikTok about it, and the comments amazed her. opened my eyes to how people feel really, “she said.” So many people felt the same way as I did and noticed a change in themselves from the blockages. “So being able to discuss it on TikTok and see relevant and honest content on this issue really helps people feel understood and not so alone.” Powell is adamant TikTok is an app for everyone. “Singles, couples, people of all genders, races and sexual orientations, teens, people in their 20s, 30s, 40s up to 90s and 100s, “she says.” Whether you are someone who creates content or someone who like to watch content, it can definitely bring joy to people’s lives. “I also love the diversity. I love that it’s not just the pretty perfect models that work well on TikTok. It’s such a wide range of people who are seen and loved around the world just for being themselves. . “I love that people like me make people laugh and smile every day – and I learn something every day on TikTok.” Any topical tip? Email weekendtele@news.com.auNED -5192-DT-App-Banner

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