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Tia Mowry Dishes on Being a Mom and Her New Parenting Book

05/03/2012 at 10:00 AM ET
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Despite having worked throughout her pregnancy with son Cree, the transition to working mom has been an adjustment for Tia Mowry, who was back on the set of The Game when Cree was just 2½-months-old.

“There’s a lot of things going on in your mind as a new mom,” she tells PEOPLE. “When you go to work, you’re spending time and hours away from your child, and I would find myself crying and feeling guilty that I was not there.”

But despite her initial hesitation, the experience also helped the actress realize her day job was another way she could better mother her son.

“I had to change my perspective on the whole thing and say, ‘I am doing this for my son. I am working to give him a better life,’” she says, “to provide him and my family with the best.”

Luckily for Mowry, Cree was able to visit her on set, even scoring his own trailer, and soon became a hit with her coworkers and crew.

“I feel blessed to be able to bring my son to work and to share with him what mommy does at such a young age,” she says. “Now, it’s like second nature to him. He’s in the hair and makeup trailer and seeing mommy get ready … he always puts a smile on my face, keeps me at ease. And he was the hit of the whole set. Everybody loves Cree so much.”

Mowry’s desire to introduce Cree to her public persona is also why he will be featured on the next season of Tia & Tamera, set to debut this summer on the Style Network, and partly the inspiration behind her new book, Oh, Baby: Pregnancy Tales and Advice from One Hot Mama to Another.

“I don’t mind sharing with the world the most amazing gift that God has ever given to me,” she says. “I think it’s good to basically share with my fans what it’s like to be a mom, the joys and the challenges.”

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Having kept a journal throughout her pregnancy, Mowry says the book offers a “realistic perspective” on the experience, covering everything from cravings – hers included sourdough Funyuns and pickled garlic – to morning sickness, which she experienced round the clock.

“I think with a lot of pregnancy books, it all came from a medical standpoint, and you were missing the fun, kind of girlfriend approach,” she says. “You don’t want to be constantly reminded of all the bad things that can possibly go on through your pregnancy. You want to feel empowered.”

And with Cree, now 9 months, growing by the day, Mowry has begun tackling a whole new set of milestones, including crawling, clapping, swimming and his first words.

“He’s said ‘dada.’ ‘Mama’ we’re still working on that, which quite frankly I’m a little bitter about that,” she says laughing, adding, “Cree is one funny kid. He’s definitely taking after his mommy.”

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sherquetta on

he so cute

Lou on

Another celebrity who has been a Mom for five minutes writing a book like they’re the only person who has ever been pregnant. I wonder why people buy these books?

Me on

While I like her and all, did she really need to “write” a “parenting” book? There was nothing more special and remarkable about her pregnancy and birth experience than any other (new) mother. I have a feeling that her book will be no more informative than any of the other 2,000 pregnancy/new parent books already on store shelves. But, kudos to her for trying use her pregnancy to make more money.

Shawna on

Seriously? What qualifies her to write a parenting book? I have been a parent for 11.5 years and have three children, can I write a parenting book too?? Because I can guarantee you that I have been through a lot more as a parent than she has!

KD on

I have to agree that it’s another celebrity book..I’m a mom as well and a first time mom but I didn’t pen a book…what works for one mom doesn’t work for another…most of us get enough advice as it is. Have to agree w/ Lou who said who really buys these books.

BetC on

Yes,I need to read this book so badly. I am also trying to figure out how to portray my pregnancy on television and what to do with my baby when I go back to the “set”. Glad she wrote this book and I hope her sister reads it too

TM on

I feel the same way about celebrity moms who write about nutrition. Feeding yourself and your children healthy meals with plenty of fruits, veggies, lean proteins, and whole grains should be common sense. Also, I agree that so much of parenting is simply innate. I never read any of those books, and I really learned to trust myself and my own instincts. With that said, Tia seems really happy, and that is wonderful!

MM on

It’s not a parenting book. It’s a book about her personal experience and giving advice to moms who might need a different perspective. Whats so wrong with her writing a book about that?

Maggie on

The stories about her pregnancy…maybe. But advice from a mom of one 9 month old baby? No matter if you have one child or ten children it’s a hard job, but I’d much hear advice from an experienced mother of more than one.

Just My 2 Cents on

I agree with MM

Amanda K on

Ok, so her only child is 9 months and she wrote a parenting book? LOL. Try back in 18 years and then we will see how the parenting went!

Tee on

My first thought is like a lot of other people that have commented here. Why on earth is Tia writing a book on motherhood when her child is still an infant? But without reading the book, there is no way to tell if it’s a book intended to give advice or if it’s a book that simply tells her story. If it’s simply telling her story, then there is nothing wrong with it.

I will also say this, although I doubt many people will agree with me… I really get bothered when people talk about wanting to stay home with their child and deciding not to because they want to give their child a better life. (Or any other reason! Some people choose to go back to work because they don’t think they can stay home and remain sane!) I know that there are cases where a mother really needs to work for the sake of income, single Moms and whatnot all. But a lot of people really could get by with less and choose not to. This particularly bothers me when it’s a celebrity talking. Granted, I don’t know their financial situations but odds are they don’t “need” to work (for the sake of finances) while their children are young.

Make no mistake, please. It is up to every individual as to if they work or not once they have children. If someone chooses to be a working Mom, that is certainly within their rights. But if you make that choice to be a working Mom when you don’t need to be, then you don’t have the right to complain about missing your kid either. Again, all of this is my opinion and I do realize that not everyone will agree with me.

Tigerlee on

No wonder the US is at the bottom of the education ranks. Many people cannot tell the difference between the words pregnancy and parenting.

Shannon on

Cree is so handsome! Awwwwww

kendrajoi on

I’m sure she’s a great mom, but what makes her expert enough to write a parenting book? Her kid is less than a year old!!!!???

Ariel on

Reading comprehension at it’s finest. Book about PREGNANCY not PARENTING.

gabs on

Her pregnant belly on the book cover looks fake.

Jillian on

The title of this article is parenting book, yet its a pregnancy book. I believe that is why people are confused. Bad writing by the author! That is the third one today on people.com with errors.

Mary

Me on

Ok, while pregnancy and parenting are not the same, the main fact is that she is a new, first time mother, with many of the perks of celebrity (however large or small), trying to give advice. As an avid reader and woman who gave birth 8 months ago, I can tell you that store shelves from Barnes and Noble to Costco are filled with books on pregnancy and new mother/parenthood by doctors, nurses, experienced mothers, celebrities and so forth. It is my opinion that no more are needed.

Dee on

She is writing about HER experiences while being pregnant. You know, the stuff that the other books dont tell you!!!! Hell I wanted to write a book too, some of the stuff I went through was insane and while every pregnancy is different she hit the nail on the head when she said a lot of the stuff comes from a medical standpoint.

It’s nice to read about other people’s experiences and see if they relate you. Who cares if she is qualified or not, if you dont want to read it. Dont buy it! It’s very simple really.

SH on

Parenting or Pregnancy…it doesn’t matter. She’s been pregnant 1 1/2 times and has a baby under a year old.

Asher on

I don’t understand the hate I agree with Dee it’s HER experience geez mothers can be vicious I don’t see anything wrong with her put her experience out on the table i’m sure mom’s will be able to relate. I thought mothers supported other mothers you may not agree but bashing her doesn’t make it any better.

Doreen on

This woman is such a diva…gets on my nerves!! Why is she writing a parenting book?! She has been a parent long enough to right one. Just another way to get money….selling a book.

Jillian on

Parenting or Pregnancy…it doesn’t matter. She’s been pregnant 1 1/2 times and has a baby under a year old.

- SH on May 4th, 2012

How are you pregnant a 1/2 time?

Mary

DRENEE on

Congratulations on the baby and becoming a new mother!

Big supporters of you and your sister.

But Tamara comes off as a much more personable and genuine person than you. Please don’t lose your sense of likeability. It is a big reason why so many people support you. On your show you come off as being an all-knowing meanie. Especially to your sister.

Please be aware that you aren’t the first person to have a baby, let alone have a baby and be a working mother. Lately it seems that you are pushing your advice and findings off on every mother! And being mean to people now without kids.

People have had children since the beginning of time! You can embrace your experience but please don’t act as if others have no clue on how to be a working mom or basically or on how to just be a mother.

From one mother to another

Gina on

Thank you for saying that..having one child doesn’t make you the pioneer of pregnancy or motherhood….everyone’s experience will be unique..

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