Tia Mowry-Hardrict: How Frozen Helped Potty Train My Son

12/12/2014 at 02:00 PM ET

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Tia Mowry-Hardrict seems to have mastered the trick every mother dreams of: potty training.

“I know this is crazy, but I’m a mom. When [my son] does the number two, we sing ‘Let it Go,’ ” the Instant Mom star told PEOPLE at Rihanna‘s First Annual Diamond Ball on Thursday night in Beverly Hills.

She adds, “He sings it and that is what really, really helped.”

The Game alum, who was accompanied by her husband, Cory Hardrict, admits that potty training their son, Cree Taylor, 3, was quite “hard” in the beginning.

“They usually say put Cheerios in the toilet and then let them aim, but that’s for number one. And boys, it’s harder to potty train, I heard,” she says.

But then Frozen found its way into her household and Mowry-Hardrict, 36, was singing a different tune.

“Usually Frozen is a girl movie, but I was like, ‘Okay, fine. I’ll sit down and watch it.’ He loved it from the beginning. He picks up music very quickly and just the chorus … that’s what we do,” she shares.

“I know he’s going to kill me later for this. But, hey, let it go!”

— Christina Dugan

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blessedwithboys on

“Girl movie?”

Shawna on

Girl movie? Seriously? How ignorant.

Tracy on

Is it just me or does her husband look kinda like Cuba Gooding Jr.?

Missy on

We used to put watercolors into the bowl and let the kid aim forit. Part of the “concisework potty training” plan.

Gina on

@Tracy: it’s just you.

Mika on

Actually, Frozen is more of a “girl movie”. When it was being promoted and initially released, the trailer focused not just on Anna and Elsa but equally on Christoph and Olaf. I took my son to see it and although we both enjoyed it, he said it was too much princess and singing.
No need to be offended, some things are just geared more towards girls and vise versa.

On topic, we also had a difficult time getting my son to go number 2 when potty training. It was so frustrating when he was comfortable doing one but not two. When it finally happened… 🙌

Ava on

Let’s face it. The movie may have males in it, but it is a female based film. Everyone one knows or thinks that little girls love princesses, pretty dresses and songs. The studios put out what the parents want. Most mothers of daughters push for them to be girly and what better way then for “Elsa” to be on the minds of the little girls. We know some mothers took some unwilling boys to see Frozen. Let’s be real.

Kristine on

@ GINA……no need to speak for everyone. You come across as bitter. Besides, I totally agree with Tracy!

Anonymous on

@ Tracy get glasses.

Gina on

@Kristine: she asked, I answered, where’s the bitterness in that? You come across as a little touchy my dear…

Guest on

@Kristine- Where is the bitterness in Gina’s response? It was short and to the point.