The actor and mom of two shared what's getting her and her kids through the ups and downs of 2020.

By Parents Editors
October 09, 2020
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From starring in Netflix’s Family Reunion, which won an NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Children’s Program and has been renewed for a second season, to launching a new line of vitamins and supplements called Anser, Mowry has been on a career roll. But the mom of Cree, 9, and Cairo, 2, will tell you that pandemic parenting is more like, well, a roller coaster. She told us all about how she's fairing as a mom in 2020.

I feel like the best mom when...

"My children show me love," Mowry says. "Above all, that’s what I want them to learn from me: how to love unconditionally."

I feel like the worst mom when...

"I lose patience, but I know it happens to every parent," she explains.

Activity I love to do with my kids... 

"Watch movies and TV shows. One of my favorite things during quarantine has been showing my kids all the movies I grew up on," Mowry says. "We also watched Sister, Sister [her ’90s TV show with twin Tamera], and Cree is now obsessed. To see him watch and love what we did feels good."

Activity I hate to do with them... 

"Schoolwork," Mowry admits. "Mommy already went to school; she’s not trying to go back!"

Best trait a kid got from me... 

"My sense of humor," she says. "Cree is so fun and silly, and he definitely inherited that from me. We’re both social butterflies."

Challenging trait a kid got from me... 

"Cairo is so persistent," Mowry shares. "She’ll do whatever it takes to get what she wants, like sitting with Daddy at breakfast instead of staying in her high chair. She never gives up, and neither do I. Sometimes that’s a good thing, sometimes it’s not."

I have this down to a science...

"Creating a schedule for my kids. They eat and play at specific times and have activities to keep them busy and entertained."

I am still figuring this out...

"The balance between being my kids’ best friend and being a disciplinarian," Mowry says. "I’m so good at creating boundaries for myself, but for them, I just want to be the fun mom and make my children laugh. It’s hard when I need to be strict."

This article originally appeared in Parents magazine's November 2020 issue as “The Highs and Lows of Tia Mowry.” Want more from the magazine? Sign up for a monthly print subscription here

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