If you have primary school children, there ‘s a good chance that in recent months you’ve had a million requests to buy Robux, been told by your kids they’re starving a billion times, and been driven to the brink of sanity by home schooling.
There’s also a good chance that if you’re on Instagram or Tik Tok, you’ve come across the mum who touches on all of these things in her hilarious viral posts, under the name of Mama Still Got It.
A year ago, mum-of-three Louise Boyce was living a normal (albeit glamorous) life as a model and mum-of-three – until Covid and lockdown came and she stumbled across a whole new career.
Fed-up and anxious like every parent at the start of the pandemic, she relied on scrolling through funny Tik Tok videos at the end of every day to lift her mood.
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One night she decided to do one herself – providing a humorous take on the kind of mundane things every mum knows about and identifies with. And a star, as the saying goes, was born.
Speaking to Hull Live about her lip-synched clips which regularly go viral, Louise said: “I started it in March 2020 when Covid was getting bad in the UK, I started to feel quite anxious about it all.
“I had to turn off my BBC news notifications on my phone and asked my husband to not tell me about the news. Then the schools shut and like so many others my work stopped entirely. Being a model and self employed meant my work and income stopped over night. The future was looking bleak – however I’m a big believe in positive thinking so I knew I needed to change my energy.
“I downloaded TikTok and found myself belly laughing almost every night before I went to bed. One day, during lockdown I decided to create my own video about motherhood and tried to put a funny twist on the mundane every day monotonous tasks we do as parents.
“I was nervous to post it on my Instagram page as previously it had always been about modelling. But it turns out my videos were relatable and people wanted to see more.”
Those relatable videos included kids refusing to go for another lockdown walk; her husband or ‘Hus-banned’ as she calls him, asking exasperating and pointless questions; kids being quiet until the second she makes a phone call; and being asked constantly asked for snacks during lockdown.
Fans love how open and honest she is with her parenting battles, with fans commenting: “You always get it SO spot on Louise, so funny.” Another posted on her latest reel: “Omg you make howl with laughter.”
Louise said the lockdown monotony was rescued by her new-found Instagram fame.
“I had a routine everyday. At 5pm whilst the dinner was cooking and the kids were watching TV I would make a quick video on the kitchen.
“This was my time – and also watching other funny videos was something I always did in the evening before I went to bed… Laughing before you go to bed is very powerful and sets you up for the next day. I highly recommend it.”
Louise, like many parents, said she actually quite enjoyed the experience of being at home in the first lockdown, however, that all changed by lockdowns 2 and 3.
“The first lockdown almost came at a good time. I had been working like crazy and shooting away from home a lot so when life stood still, it was nice.
“I loved being at home with the kids and felt as a family we all reconnected. It was nice to talk to more people on the phone and have zoom calls. I actually really enjoyed it.
“However, the second time the schools closed I was so over it! It wasn’t as fun – I was riddled with guilt, either because I felt like I wasn’t giving enough time to the kids or I wasn’t giving enough time to housework or my work as a content creator.
“I always felt like I was always letting someone down. Having three kids at different ages meant they they all needed me for different things. Also I am not a teacher, and I have so much respect to all teachers out there. I have no idea how you do it.”
But she said the motivation to keep creating and posting more is the feedback she gets from other parents.
“I get lots of messages from parents and even people struggling with mental health thanking me for making them laugh. This means the world to me as my videos came from me being in an anxious state myself, and I felt better from other people making me laugh so it’s gone in a full circle. Just knowing that I can make a small difference to someone’s mood makes me want to make more videos.”
She said her sole inspiration is her kids and the antics they get up to. “The majority of my videos are based on real life, the things that they do or say. Sometimes I think I am alone with how my kids act – but it turns out they’re all the same. Nice to know we’re all in the same boat!”