WE all know people tend to only show the highlights or their best moments on social media.
Thankfully one mum has taken to TikTok to show how hard parenting can really be – and people are loving her honesty.
Tessa, known online as @tessalouulouu, regularly shares parenting content with her 25,700 followers.
In a recent video, she shared a realistic day in the life and highlighted the challenges of looking after two kids under the age of two.
“HI, let’s do a day in the life to show everyone how difficult it is being a parent of two under two.
“My house is a s*** show all of the time. My daughter’s also crying, but I can’t do anything about it because watch what happens when I put this one down.
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“Here we go. Hear the crying? So my youngest is crying so I can’t do any tidying because I’ve got to make her a bottle.
“My eldest is upstairs screaming because she decided that it was a good idea to fling her body around and smack her head into things because she’s having a paddy, but then gets upset when she hurts herself.
“And then I’ve got to find it within me to be empathic, understanding and trust me, it’s really, really hard when you watch your toddler headbutt the wall and then wonder why it hurt.
“This crying noise as well is somewhere between heartbreaking and unbelievably frustrating.
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“Pick her up, look at that. Nice and quiet like a dream.
“But how, tell me how do I tidy the house use sprays, vacuum, dust, polish, put s*** away, take the nappies outside when I have this on me?
“Some more of my disgustingly messy house. That’s Sudocrem on that which is all over my child.
“My bedroom. It actually isn’t too bad but you know, look.
“And before anyone asks, last night when they were both in bed, I was like ‘right, I’m going to do some tidying, get some stuff sorted, make the day easy for me tomorrow.’
“Nellie was screaming and crying, I’d get her settled, then Maggie would start screaming and crying.
“I’d get her settled then Nellie would start. Then Maggie would start, then they started together.
“I haven’t brushed my teeth, washed my face, changed my clothes.
"It’s five past 11 and I’ve been running around like a chicken with no head trying to make sure Nellie’s okay, which has meant that Maggie has had no attention.
“And my dog, my poor dog.
“And throughout all of this, I’ve got to do calm parenting, have a nice, gentle, quiet approach, then also find a way to healthily get my energy out.
“Yeah, being a mum is hard.”
Fans loved the mum of two’s honesty, with the video gaining more than 166,000 likes and 2.1 million views.
In the comments, other parents praised Tessa’s efforts and reassured her that it’s the same for others.
One wrote: “It's a lived-in house with a mummy who's smashing it. This is the realist TikTok I've seen!”
Another said: “Difficult with one child so couldn't imagine with 2 under 2, you’re smashing it.”
A third added: “It gets easier! Hold in there. You are doing a fantastic job.”
Others shared their suggestions, with one adding: “Baby carrier? That's what I used to use a couple of times to hoover, wash up, tidy away…things that didn't involve spray products or dusting.”
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Another joked: “Plastic circle of neglect = AKA the jumperoo! It saved me.”
Tessa replied: “I am so overwhelmed by all these comments!! Thank you so much, it’s so nice to know I’m not alone.”
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