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Tia Mowry-Hardrict: My Son Is ‘Already Negotiating with Me’

03/30/2014 at 11:30 AM ET

Tia Mowry-Hardrict Nickelodeon Teen Choice Awards Picture Perfect/Rex USA

At only 2½-years-old, Cree Taylor is a little man of many talents.

While attending Nickelodeon’s Kids’ Choice Awards on Saturday, mom Tia Mowry-Hardrict told PEOPLE her son can talk circles around the actress — in Spanish!

“He’s asking for milk in Spanish, kisses and he knows full blown sentences in Spanish,” Mowry-Hardrict, 35, says. “I don’t know what the hell he’s saying, but he knows more Spanish than I do!”

Cree’s favorite word, however, doesn’t need any translating. “I’m like ‘Honey, come on, we’re gonna have to learn how to say yes!’” she jokes. “I’m like, ‘Cree, what’s your name?’ ‘No.’ ‘Cree, how old are you?’ ‘No.’ ‘Cree, can I have a kiss?’ ‘No.’ Everything is no.”

But his savvy language skills aren’t Cree’s only area of expertise. Although the Instant Mom star says her son is “a really good kid,” she admits he “has his moments” — especially at bedtime.

“He’s negotiating with me. He’s not even three yet! Before he goes to bed, he likes to watch Little Einstein. I’m like,’We can’t watch too much of it because you have to go to bed.’ And he’s like, ‘Mommy, see Little Einstein. Five more minutes,’” she shares.

“[Saying no is] a problem. Then we end up watching it for 20, 30 minutes. He’s already negotiating with me — oh my God!”

– Anya Leon with reporting by Christina Dugan

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Nikki on

Love her and her sister. They seem like great parents and genuinely nice people.

sally on

She is so great! Will miss her and her sisters show.

Beauty on

I’m bummed their show isn’t coming back! It was one of THE best reality shows out there and their kids are beautiful! Hopefully they do specials in the future.

lola on

Awww… he’s getting so big. Love these sisters.

carol on

I just adore Tia, and Tamera. Great role models for young Hollywood. From what I can see from the reality show she, and Corey are great parents.

sable senegal on

So cute &bilingual at such an early age. I love the mowery sisters & their adorable kids.I’ve been a fan since sister, sister the tv show!

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