Tamera Mowry-Housley Talks Navigating Motherhood
Tamera Mowry-Housley is one busy and fabulous lady. She is a co-host on The Real daytime talk show, wife to Adam Housley and mother to her son Aden. She is expecting a baby girl in July and she also just partnered with Neosporin to promote kids having fun while being equipped with the proper first aid products. She recently spoke with Yahoo Parenting at the Neosporin Bandaid event about how she navigates motherhood and balancing it all.
Any advice for busy, working moms, like yourself?
TM: I don’t think you’re ever going to find the perfect balance. Knowing that, you get along with your day a little bit better. Some days you’re going to be amazing, but others you’ll fail miserably — and that’s OK. Things that help me breathe: Prioritize things that are important to you and your family. Another thing — and this is huge (I was never this person before I became a mom ): organization is key. Organize your mind and your house and then when everything around you is chaos, you have something that you have control over.
What’s your childcare situation like?
TM: It takes a village. It was very hard for me to admit this in the beginning. I wanted all the control. I didn’t even want help from my husband. Adam was like, Can I help? The moment you accept help, you find yourself happier. A child will benefit from a happy mom, not an exhausted one. Aden also just started preschool.
How would you describe your parenting style?
TM: I’m mixed, but very traditional. I’m not a helicopter mom. I allow my son to have his space and be independent. I’m an old school mom — he can play in the dirt and the sand. Playtime is huge for my family. It’s important for him to get dirty, be curious, creative, and play with other kids. I sit back and watch him. But kids will be kids on the playground, a little aggressive. So the moment I see something, or he gets hurt, that’s when I come in.
Tell me about your twin sister, Tia, and the relationship Aden has with her son, Cree.
TM: We are both very busy, but we always try to make time for our sons to get together. We live about 20 minutes away [from each other]. The cousins are so close. It’s so beautiful to see. The love they have for each other is unexplainable and it’s something that happened naturally. It resonates and spreads to everyone in the room. They will be partners in crime (laughs).