Exclusive: Tamera Mowry Talks Working Mom’s Guilt & Keeping The Romance Alive After A New Baby

Being a mom is a selfless, but rewarding job. And while there’s no real way that great moms can ever truly be repaid for all that they do, we try our best to honor them and show our appreciation. Earlier this week at the new Residence Inn World Trade Center hotel, Residence Inn by Marriott honored celebrity mom Tamera Mowry Housley by presenting her with the Resident Mom of the Year award.

According to the hotel chain, which is committed to making “moms’ lives easier while on the road and at home, ” Mowry was selected because she empowers women to chase their dreams and pursue their passions while still managing to “balance work, play, family, and travel.”

We were recently able to catch up with “The Real” host, who had several golden nuggets to share about motherhood and marriage.

MN: You were recently named Residence Inn by Marriott’s Mom of the Year! What exactly does that mean and how did you get involved?

Well actually, they just chose me for their Mom of the Year. They see what I represent as a mom. They see that I have a nice balance, I love my family, and I’m a working mom. But not only that, my family travels a lot. We make a point to not put our lives on hold just because we have kids. I think that’s the reason why.

MN: So I hear that Aden recently started preschool!

Yes, he did.

MN: Was it hard for you to let go?

Oh my goodness. It was very hard because I was at work. The first day of school, I missed. My husband got the chance to get some hours off to take him, but what he did was he Skyped. So I got to see him and I was bawling in my makeup chair. I was just like, “Oh my God.” This is so bittersweet. I’m happy to see him grow up, but at the same time, he’s my little boy and it’s happening so fast.

MN: What advice do you have on easing working mom’s guilt?

Oh, girl, it’s inevitable. It’s going to happen, but the thing is that she has to change her perspective. One, it’s going to get easier each and every day. Change your perspective in a way whereas you want your kids to see you as an example of a person living out what they like to do and achieving their dreams. That helps me a little bit.

MN: What advice would you offer a couple who is expecting their first child?

One, work together. If you’re working together, you can have more time with each other to connect on that level. When I was nursing, my husband always brought Aden to me, so he was a part of the experience and he didn’t feel ostracized. It is very easy to forget about your partner, especially in the beginning. In the beginning if you’re nursing, you’re the baby’s sole provider because you’re giving them the food that they need. The other thing is just that you have to make time. You have to make time for each other to connect, to remember why you guys got together in the first place.

If you can’t really get out for date night, I would say develop a date night at home, order in, put some candles out, watch a movie in your bedroom together.

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