In preparation for Mother's Day, Sister Sister actress and The Real host, Tamera Mowry, opens up about what it really takes to be a mom: the good, bad and ugly.
First gaining fame for her role as a spunky sis in the WB's Sister Sister (alongside twin Tia), The Real host Tamera Mowry is making a name for herself as an outspoken mama.
Mother to son Aden John Tanner, 2, and expecting her second child with husband Fox News correspondent Adam Housley this July, the celeb mom is opening up about her get-real approach to parenting through a #MaxxMoms hashtag campaign with clothing retailer T.J.Maxx.
We all know that motherhood isn't always sunshine and lollipops, and with this in mind, Mowry's encouraging moms, experienced and otherwise, to be honest about what it takes to raise a child. Here are some parenting pointers she's learned along the way.
Don't second guess yourself
To make mama-hood work for her, the 36-year-old cites patience, unconditional live and listening to her instincts as paramount. "Everyone will always have advice for you but you always have to do what works for you and your family," she says. "That's most important!"
Make time for you
Even as a busy mom, Mowry tries to dedicate at least half-an-hour a day for herself. "I'd love to get in a workout at the gym everyday, but there's just no way that would happen, but if I can find 30 minutes to myself, I can get creative at home," she says. Sometimes this means taking advantage of son Aden's toys for a quick impromptu workout.
Have a daily ritual
Mowry insists on putting her son to bed with a book at least once a day—whether it be for a nap or bedtime. "It's very important to me and it's our special time together, just the two of us," she says.
As a mama, there are a few things Mowry can't live without: "A good toy box filled with toys, good organization for toys in the bath, a great diaper bag with compartments for the essentials like clothes, wipes, toys, and an emergency kit." Also, she says, "a coloring book and crayons always goes a long way."
Go with your instincts
"We as women were built for this," she says. "You just need to follow your gut most of the time, because [motherhood] naturally comes from within."
Expect the unexpected
When parenting gets tough, Mowry reminds herself that every day is a new day. "It's never the same," she says. "Once you think you've got everything figured out, it all changes!"