Tia Mowry-Hardrict: Cree ‘Gets a Little Jealous’ of Aden

02/11/2013 at 09:00 AM ET

Tia Mowry-Hardrict Puffs Dress for Success
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Tia Mowry-Hardrict and her twin sister Tamera Mowry-Housley couldn’t be closer, but the siblings have to work a bit harder to get their little boys on that same level.

“I will be honest, Cree [20 months] gets a little jealous [of his 3-month-old cousin],” Mowry-Hardrict, 34, tells PEOPLE Tuesday at Blushington in West Hollywood.

“When I was trying to feed Aden, Cree started crying. I have to just slowly introduce Aden into our world. It’s kind of hard on Cree, but he loves Aden. We really, really enjoy having him around.”

Luckily, the mommies give their kids plenty of opportunity to get acquainted.

“My sister and I try to see each other once a week,” Mowry-Hardrict, who teamed up with Puffs and Dress for Success’s Virtual Kiss program, says. “We actually just had a play date. We went to the Grove and hung out.”

Being a mom is tiring for the actress, who is working on a new sitcom, Instant Mom, but there are a few things that manage to keep her energized.

“I just look at my son,” she says. “When I’m away from him, I really feel it. I’m exhausted, I feel like a zombie. I’m like, ‘What am I going to do?’ But when I see him and I see the smile on his face, it just gives me this instant burst of energy.”

Adds Mowry-Hardrict, “I’m very into holistic living and very healthy eating, so I don’t run to coffee or caffeine. I think it drops you rather quickly. Instead I juice with my husband [Cory Hardrict] every single morning. I have kale, celery, ginger, a little bit of garlic, parsley and cucumber. I drink half in the morning and half in the afternoon. And that’s my energy drink.”

Luckily, her new hairdo also saves her from wasting any additional energy.

“I think it’s very practical for me because I am a mom,” she says. “Now I can just get in the shower and put some conditioner in my hair. I have curly hair, so this makes it easy to just go. But I also have a great stylist who can just [style] my hair in so many different ways. It does take a while when you want to do a straight look. But when I want to go au naturel, I just get out of the shower, and boom — I’m done.”

Clearly, motherhood is working for Mowry-Hardrict, because she’s already planning for more little ones.

“Cree’s almost two, and I really, really want him to be close with his sibling,” she says. “So I would say I’m having more kids sooner rather than later.”

— Dahvi Shira

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MommytoanE on

Cute! I remember my niece being jealous of my daughter (19 months apart in age) and trying to do things like stick her into a box to mail away. LOL She was jealous that the baby was getting all the attention she had previously had most of (Tho she did have to share with her older brother as well) and she didn’t like it at all!

These days, they are like two peas in a pod, but it was cute in the beginning seeing the little green face of jealousy pop out.

mona on

Lol lol love your story mommytoane.

mahn on

If identical twins have kids are their kids technically half siblings?

Kay R on

MommytoanE did you say stick her into a box to mail away?? that had me cracking up! Kids are the best and I love these two sisters…

Rachel on

I love that hair cut on her!

linda on

I love her hair!

Mellissa on

No Mahn. Identical twins are SIBLINGS, which makes their offspring cousins. A half sibling shares either the same mother or father. Tia and Tamera’s children are cousins.

Franchesca Maniscalco on


No… Both Cree and Aden are cousins, not half-siblings.

Crazydogchick on

LOVE her hair!

Syaron on

Mahn – interesting thought since their parents both have the same exact DNA. 😉

mahn on

but I thought that you know, if they have the same DNA their kids would be siblings? I was never good at biology! hahah

Erica on

Is Tamera no longer blogging for People? 😦 I loved how thoughtful and optimistic her posts are yet we haven’t seen one for months (since before her baby was born.)

taylor on

@mahn: yes, genetically speaking, they are half-siblings.

lizzie on

Yes, genetically they would be half-siblings. I don’t think the other posters understood your question.

meghan on

That’s interesting Mahn, I never thought of it like that!

LKMainer on

She looks hot Short Hair rules

Esther on

Good job, sisters. Keep working on keeping your boys close to each other. Some of my cousins are really as important to me as my siblings. We are so close! It makes like so much richer.

And yeah, I agree. Get Tamera back here to blog. I know she has her own blog now but she can still come here once in a while.

Faye on

She looks adorable with short hair.

As for the half siblings question the answer is yes. This question came up on a TLC special where a man had 3 wives and wife 1 & 2 were identical twins. All their kids are brothers and sisters and DNA testing would not be able to identify the mother.

The only difference with Cree and Aden is they have different fathers which would identify the mother.

Anonymous on

lizzie, Faye, et. al- You are absolutely correct. In the legal sense, the boys are cousins, but in the genetic sense they are half-siblings.

Another interesting thing to note that if a set of identical twins marries another set of identical twins, their children are genetically FULL siblings!

Texgirl2001 on

For all of you posting that they genetically are half siblings you are incorrect. Even identical twins have their own distinct set of DNA. This is why even identical twins have their own set of finger prints.

Their children are cousins in every sense.

Lyoness on

Cree and Aden are cousins and are genetically half-siblings. Identical twins have identical DNA because they come from a single egg that splits. They have different phenotypes of traits meaning the expression of that DNA is different. That is why one twin has a mole and the other doesn’t. I know a set of men identical twins where one has a cleft in his chin and the other doesn’t.

lizzie on


I take it you never took a biology course?

Lucille McElroy on

Tia, you are amazing. I really felt your vibrating aura at Blushington for the Dress for Success – Puffs event. Great mommy and wife! Kudos!

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