Tia Mowry-Hardrict Reflects on Her Mother & Raising Son Cree
We caught up with our favorite new mom, Tia Mowry-Hardrict, to find out how her mother helped shaped the woman she is today, what kind of mom she wants to be to her son Cree and what the adorable tot has taught her.
Which qualities do you admire most about your mom?
I love that my mom is a go-getter. She is a very strong woman. She came from 10 brothers and sisters, and she didn't grow up having everything catered to her. It was her decision to change that. She wanted to be somebody. I also admire my mom's faith. When it seems like there isn't a way, she finds a way. Her faith never falters. I definitely have taken on that characteristic. She has taught me to be this strong woman of faith and to go after my dreams.
Tell me about your upbringing. What was it like?
I was extremely sheltered growing up. I couldn't have a sleepover or go on school trips that all the kids went on. In a way, that was good because when you look at the kids who started off in this business and you see where it took them, you realize that my mom protected my sister and I.
Are you going to be as strict with your son Cree?
I would love for Cree to be opened-minded about things. I don't want him to be as sheltered as I was. I want my child to know about different cultures and learn about different types of religions. I don't want him to grow up being judgmental. I want him to respect all facets of the world.
What is the absolute best part about being a mom?
The best part about being a mom is learning about myself. I have learned that I am a very patient person. I have learned that I am extremely nurturing. I have learned that I love being a mom. I have learned about unconditional love. I really want Cree to learn about unconditional love. I also just love seeing the world through my son's eyes. We just went to the beach for the first time recently, and the first thing that Cree noticed was the sound of the crashing waves. At first, he was a little scared. I, then, realized how loud the waves were. I never really stopped and listened to the waves before. It was beautiful to take it all in. He makes me see things so much more differently.