While TikTok seems like a platform populated solely by teenagers (and yes, the biggest accounts are definitely teens), many parents are using the app to highlight the ups, downs and major messes of raising children.
For the uninitiated, TikTok is a video sharing platform, whose quick videos and ever changing filters and dance challenges have made it one of the largest social media platforms ever.
Midwest parents like from Illinois and Michigan are amassing huge followings on the app — some parents even have follower counts in the millions. Parents are using the app to show everything from very satisfying cleaning videos to sassy kid comebacks, and more and more users are starting to view the app as another way to stay connected to other parents online.
Although TikTok might be a young person’s game, the amount of parent-friendly content makes it worth downloading. Check out our list below for the funniest and most interesting local parent TikTok accounts to follow.
- Handle: @cookingwithdarryl
- Followers: 1.8 million
This family-friendly cooking channel features suburban Chicago dad Darryl Postelnick grilling up meals for his family. Watch to the end of his videos for his now-famous catchphrase “Are you kidding me?”.
S. Dilla Thomas
- Handle: @6figga_dilla
- Followers: 57.1K
This Chicago dad and neighborhood historian makes TikTok videos explaining the interesting history of the windy city. Plus, family-friendly recommendations for history-centric visits to different parts of the city.
- Handle: @misstyeishaa
- Followers: 6,421
Tyeisha’s TikTok channel features informative and funny videos on her experience of motherhood and solo parenting. She also walks her followers through self-care challenges.
- Handle: @marwasammi
- Followers: 27.9K
Marwa’s TikTok is a space for other moms and parents to feel seen and heard. Her channel focuses on her experience as a Palestinian mom to two boys, with family-friendly recommendations and fashion videos interspersed.
- Handle: @_arianadanielle
- Followers: 53.9K
This funny mom chronicles her daily life with kids and ADHD. Follow along for a snapshot in the life of a stay-at-home mom.
Crafty Chicago Mom
- Handle: @craftychicagomom
- Followers: 13.5K
Walkthroughs on creating handmade stickers, trinkets and more on this TikTok channel. Plus, the crafty Chicago mom sells the things she makes on her linked Etsy shop.
Update. She wasn’t alright. ##parentsoftiktok
- Handle: @husbandtiktok
- Followers: 109.3K
This Chicago dad makes being a father seem hilarious. The front-facing commentary on everything from messy child accidents to doing your kid’s homework will have you laughing.
Tuttle Party of 5
- Handle: @tuttlepartyof5
- Followers: 6,228 followers
This Illinois mom’s TikTok features fashion tips and finds and glimpses into funny family life. Follow along for trendy outfit try-ons and recipes.
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