10 TikTok parenting posts that made us cry in 2021

We all need an emotional release every now and then. If you’re looking for some motivation, inspiration, or simply a good cry, then head on over to TikTok! Throughout 2021, people on TikTok have blessed us with some truly touching moments. Break out the tissues because here are 10 TikTok parenting posts that made us cry in 2021

1. When this boy said “I love you” to his stepdad for the first time 

This stepdad was left speechless when his stepson said “I love you” for the first time. As if things couldn’t get any cuter, his joyful reaction when recounting the experience to his wife is even more touching. 

2. When this little boy told his mom that “daddy’s taking too long in heaven”


#widow #grief #loss #heaven y’all this convo broke me 🙁 I never know what to say .

♬ original sound – Dorkytwinmom

No matter how old you are, losing a loved one is always difficult. No one knows that better than this mom who shared a video of her son observing that his “daddy’s taking too long in heaven.” The moving scene is a comforting affirmation that you’re not alone, even though grief can feel overwhelming. 

3. When this little girl who was born deaf explained her dreams

When this dad asked his deaf daughter if she could hear in her dreams, she sweetly explained that while she’s “deaf all the time,” everyone in her dreams communicates in sign language. While there is still so much to discover about dreaming, the little girl’s response is truly enlightening. 

4. When this boy reunited with his dog, who had been missing for over a year.

Pets and their humans share a unique bond. And this video of a boy reuniting with his dog after one year of separation illustrates that no amount of time apart can break such a special relationship. 

5. When this single dad reunited with his son after an 11-month deployment

Parenting is full of necessary sacrifices, but sometimes the realities of work and life get in the way of spending time with loved ones. Military parents know this work-life balance all too well, so it’s especially touching to watch them reunite with family, like when this dad saw his son again after an 11-month deployment. 

6. When this dad learned that his daughter is cancer-free


Telling my dad I’m CANCER FREE 🥳🎉🙏🏽 *I made him put in AirPods with loud music to guess what I was saying* #Blessed F***Cancer #CancerFree

♬ original sound – FreedaGo

This dad discovered that his daughter was cancer-free when she pretended she needed his help for a school project involving AirPods. His daughter told him the good news while blasting music in his ears, leaving him utterly flabbergasted and jumping for joy. 

7. When this grandfather had this reaction to his granddaughter’s piano playing

Music’s effect on people is nothing short of astonishing. Its power is particularly evident in this video where a granddaughter plays piano for her grandfather, who has Alzheimer’s. While he may not recognize that it’s his granddaughter playing, the man definitely enjoyed the performance.

8. When this artist surprised her friend with the most touching birthday gift

They say that friends are the family we choose, and this artist’s touching gift to her BFF shows the strength of their bond. Upon discovering that the present is a beautiful resin sculpture and a moving memorial to her late mother, her friend, overcome with emotion, sweetly whispers, “That’s my Mommy.” 

9. When this mom revealed she was her loved one’s kidney donor


My mom kept a special secret for over a year. Im so amazed with how thoughtful she is. Im beyond proud to be her daughter. #foryoupage #donor #fyp

♬ Emotional Piano for the Soul (Inspirational Background Music) – Fearless Motivation Instrumentals

An inspiring mom surprised her sister-in-law’s father by revealing that she is his kidney donor. Upon seeing her holding up a bright sign with the words “I’m your donor” written on it in big block letters, the whole family is overcome with surprise and shock, and an emotional celebration commences. 

10. When this big brother met his little sister for the first time

Becoming a sibling is an exciting milestone, and this big brother’s reaction to meeting his sister for the first time had hearts melting all over TikTok! Upon entering the room, the wide-eyed little boy is brimming with excitement. “Ohhhhh, I love her,” he says before presenting his new baby sister with a stuffed octopus.

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