5 Moms Who Make Motherhood Work Through Community Support and Creativity
TikTok celebrates Mother's Day by sparking meaningful conversation on how mothers succeed in managing their careers, families, and selves
Moms deserve to be celebrated every day, plus a little bit extra on Mother's Day! This special day gives us the opportunity to pay tribute to moms and mother-figures by honoring all that they do for their families, as well as for the community of mothers around the world. Moms have a powerful influence on our social, physical, and mental well-being, and they continue to play a significant role in our lives and in society, balancing family, career, and self-care all at the same time.
How does she do it all? Hard work, sacrifice, and finding the right circle of moms who can lift her up and cheer her on! Through TikTok, mothers can become part of a community of women who freely and creatively express themselves, support one another, and provide each other with wisdom and motivation that can help them slay their day-to-day challenges.
5 TikTok moms and their #MomHacks for making motherhood work
At a recently-concluded webinar for Mother's Day, TikTok gathered some of the most inspiring and influential moms that you can follow on the platform, to talk about how they make motherhood work. Here are some insights that they shared.
Celebrity host, Dianne, inspires other moms on the app by sharing content that not only focuses on family, but also showcases her strength and personality as well. Apart from hosting the live event, she also shared her own insights as a first-time mom.
According to Dianne, online support groups have been a huge help so far. "I remember I got pregnant during the lockdown," she shared. "It was really hard for me because I don’t have a mom anymore, I don’t even have a mother-in-law anymore. So I was really starting from scratch. It’s nice that TikTok is doing this initiative to reach out to all the moms out there to guide them and support them." Dianne also said that she learned a lot from mom tips shared by other TikTok creators, and these ultimately helped her learn to trust herself as a mother.
Kaye is the founder of Mamacademy PH, an online community for moms that advocates continued learning even after motherhood begins. During the event, she talked about the community's mission to encourage, enable and empower women to pursue #LearningAlongsideMotherhood together with the other hats they wear, while honoring God in every season.
She also talked about the importance of finding outlets that make her feel like herself again, and how these make her better as a mom and a woman. "I find it very helpful to do something that really pleases your heart, for example you're fond of reading. Very constantly in my life is that, from time to time, go back to my passion project and see where it is in terms of progression. So have something that is constant. It doesn't have to be too fancy or too grand," she shared.
OB GYN and first-time mom, Mirah, uses TikTok as a platform to share pregnancy-related medical advice. The tips she shared during the webinar focused on helping other moms juggle their careers, families, and lives. Her best advice is, "Carefully plan your week or month ahead. Leave work at work. Disconnect after work hours. Don't hesitate to ask for help from your helper or husband. Order online and buy in bulk. Stay positive."
She also talked about the things you can learn from raising kids. "Raising kids teach you a lot of skills. One is multi-tasking, two is time and stress management. Moms, especially working moms, have countless tasks and responsibilities during the day. It is important that we perform several tasks at one time. These skills will definitely come in handy at the workplace."
Dette, the woman behind Millennial Moms PH, established the community to address mom-shaming and the need for a more open support group for moms. At the event, she said that there is no better person to take care of you than yourself. Some of her self-care ideas include exercising with your child, enjoying quiet time, eating healthy, delegating tasks, and finding your passion.
According to Dette, "Self-care is essential, but more than essential it should be a non-negotiable. As moms, we have to take care and nurture ourselves, just like how we take care and nurture others, our spouse, and our children. I feel like when I take care of myself, what happens is I have more love to give to my children, my husband and to other people. It's the effect of self-care."
Omni is best known as one-half of the husband-and-wife TikTok tandem, Omni & Bryce. Together with their kids, they form TheClingyFam, and share all sorts of meaningful content, covering marriage, parenting, homeschooling, and anything else that is relevant to families. At the event, Omni spoke about parenting changes that their family experienced during quarantine, calling it a dream come true to be able to work from home while homeschooling. Apart from saving travel time and becoming more productive, she got to see her husband and kids 24/7.
While there have been challenges, especially since they live without house help, there are a lot of positive things that resulted from these changes, too. "The challenges and the management dilemma was really overwhelming. There were days na feeling namin kulang ang 24 hours a day. To be honest minsan di namin maiwasan ang mag-complain at magtalo during the early stage of adjustment. Pero instead of grumbling and whining we got reminded of this verse in the bible that says there is time for everything." Omni added that it was this verse that helped maintain her sanity, and allowed her to believe that she can do anything.
TikTok also hopes to continue playing an active role in starting meaningful conversations about motherhood through activities and events like this webinar. As Conrad Bateman, TikTok Global Communications Regional Team, shared, "We often forget, though, that our mothers are women first. Some of them also manage careers and run businesses while raising kids. They have their own dreams outside of their children. We at TikTok hope that the event will start meaningful and positive conversations about mothers being total women. We want you, moms, to know that we see you beyond your role as mothers. And we love you just as much."
Celebrate Mother's Day Weekend on TikTok
Mother's Day is one of the most important annual occasions celebrated in the Philippines. On this day, we get the opportunity to praise our mothers and mother-figures, and show our appreciation to them.
As a special Mother's Day activity, TikTok is launching the #MySuperMom hashtag challenge, where creators can highlight mothers who are supermoms, not just at home but also in their careers and chosen fields. The challenge will run from May 7 to 13, 2021. Entries can either be a video that features your supermom, a video of yourself being mom for a day, or a video showing you doing a difficult task that your mom usually does. Top 5 creators with the most engagement will be featured on TikToK Philippines page and will receive official TikTok merchandise.
Konsulta MD Mother's Day LIVE
TikTok will also be hosting a series of LIVEs for Mother's Day, each one featuring powerful mothers who have shown excellence in their careers, as well as one that talks about women's health. On May 8, learn helpful breastfeeding tips on the platform, through an informative LIVE with Konsulta MD, the largest Telehealth company in the Philippines that provides Filipinos with 24/7 access to high quality medical information. This activity comes after TikTok's successful #HealthtokPH hashtag challenge last February, where healthcare workers shared advice on health and wellness. The challenge made such a good impression on the industry that doctors and nurses on the platform started giving consultations to other users through the app's Q&A feature.
Tell Me You Love Your Mom Without Telling Me You Love Your Mom
On May 9, Mother's Day, TikTok will be launching a digital video campaign that highlights different ways to show love and appreciation for moms. The campaign will feature a "Tell me you love your mom without telling me you love your mom" challenge, which aims to capture real-life, day-to-day bonding moments between TikTok users and their mothers.