Actress Tia Mowry took time out of her busy schedule to chat with us about her holiday plans with her husband Cory Hardrict and their 2-year-old son Cree, as well as how she keeps her family healthy during the winter months.
SheKnows: What are some of your family's favorite holiday traditions?
Tia Mowry: My family and I love to spend time in the snow around the holidays! My husband and I enjoy going to Utah or Colorado to spend quality time together. We also like watching classic holiday movies! My favorite holiday movies are A Christmas Story, Home Alone, Groundhog Day and Polar Express.
SK: What is Cree asking Santa to bring for Christmas this year?
TM: Right now Cree is fascinated with helicopters and fire trucks. I have a feeling Santa will bring him some good toys to play with, and of course share with his cousin Aden.
SK: How do you keep your family healthy during the busy winter months?
TM: Despite my busy schedule, I recognize that the winter months are the most important time to focus on my family’s health and help protect them from contagious viruses prevalent during the winter. I take an active role in making health a priority in our household and taking every preventive measure against the flu, including washing hands, practicing healthy eating habits, exercising regularly and most importantly getting vaccinated!
SK: Why do you think it is important for moms to make sure both they and their kids are vaccinated against the flu?
TM: Like most moms, I know that if one person in my household gets the flu, it can derail the entire family. In the past, I overlooked the importance of flu vaccination but after hearing about last season’s intense flu season, I spoke with my doctor and learned that annual flu vaccination is the single best way to help prevent the flu. Now, I make sure my family gets an annual flu vaccine — our choice being FluMist Quadrivalent. What’s great about FluMist Quadrivalent is that it’s needle-free, which for me personally was a huge deal. Let’s just say I am not the biggest needle fan!
That’s why I teamed up with MedImmune Specialty Care to create a humorous video about why flu vaccination is important in my life and encourage others to get vaccinated.
SK: What are some of your favorite mom beauty products this time of the year?
TM: My can’t-live-without beauty product is Yves Saint Laurent "Touche Éclat" concealer.
SK: In your new show Instant Mom, your character's life changes when she suddenly becomes a mom. How has your life changed since becoming a mom to Cree?
TM: I see a lot of similarities between my character on Instant Mom and my personal life. When I first became a mom, my life revolved around Cree and making him happy, so when I went back to work when Cree was two months old, it was challenging to find a balance. I wasn’t always able to put him to bed at night and developed a huge amount of guilt about that, so changing my perspective helped a lot. Ultimately, I realized that working to provide a better life for Cree and setting a good example for him is the best thing I can do for him and my family. My family comes first and everything I do is for Cree, which is similar to my character, Stephanie.
SK: What advice did you give your twin sister Tamera as she raises her 1-year-old son Aden?
TM: The best piece of parenting advice that I give to Tamera, and all mothers, is to forgive yourself. Having been a mom for a few years, I know the high expectation we set for ourselves but the reality is, you won’t be perfect every day. Another piece of advice I have recently given to Tamera is to make health a priority in her household for the whole family.
SK: Does Cree love playing with his cousin Aden?
TM: Yes! They are both still very young but when they get together they love to play with one another. Let’s just say this definitely puts a smile on all of our faces!
SK: What advice would you give other working moms who are trying to balance it all?
TM: Being a mother doesn’t come with a handbook on how to raise a perfect child. I take it one day at a time and prioritize and do my best to balance my career and family life.
I also have guidelines I have set for myself:
- Define your priorities
- Take your time
- Ask your employer if bringing your baby to work is an option
- Be confident in your caretaker
- Go easier on yourself!
SK: Your fans want to know — do you see more kids in your future?
TM: Definitely, sooner rather than later! It’s something my husband and I are talking about on a daily basis. I do not know when, but I would love to have another child.
Photos courtesy of WENN; Michael Buckner/Getty Images. All rights reserved; Tia Mowry Instagram
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