Tamera Mowry-Housley on How Michelle Obama Reacted to Her Son’s Rowdiness: ‘Aden, Give Me a High Five!’

05/02/2016 at 03:30 PM ET

Tamera Mowry-Housley might be most well-known for her ’90s-TV-legend status alongside twin sister Tia Mowry-Hardrict, but at home, she’s like any other parent — with the added bonus of corralling her kids in the presence of the president and first lady.

At the 43rd Annual Daytime Emmy Awards in Los Angeles, PEOPLE spoke with the mom of two about attending the White House Correspondent’s Dinner Saturday night, where she got to meet with both President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama.

“I had never met [President Obama] before, so it was a night I will always remember,” Mowry-Housley, 37, told PEOPLE.

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One person who wasn’t so impressed with meeting the POTUS and FLOTUS? Mowry-Housley’s 3½-year-old son Aden John Tanner, who seemed more interested in running around than being in the presence of important adults.

“I don’t know what he had for breakfast that morning,” says Mowry-Housley. “I thought he didn’t have sugar, but it looked like he did.” She adds that at the time, she was thinking to herself, “Oh my gosh, he’s acting like this. ‘This is, like, the White House. This is Michelle. Don’t you know this, Aden?’ ”

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Luckily, as mom to daughters Sasha and Malia, the first lady took all the excitement in stride.

“She was just like, ‘Aden, give me a high five.’ She got his attention,” Mowry-Housley explains. “So she taught me to just be calm whenever you have those moments. Then she also told me to run a right ship: ‘Make sure you run a right ship.’ Kids need structure.”

— Jen Juneau with reporting by Scott Huver

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kitty62862 on

Mommy will cherish the memories and the advice. Aden doesn’t care😎

Nancy on

“Make sure you run a right ship”. A RIGHT SHIP????? People Magazine . . really . . give me a break. You insult me.

Shel on

Why was a kid that age at an adult event?

bkable on

I think it would have been more fun for Aden to stay home with his sister…

Carolyn on

A three year old at the correspondents dinner? What is wrong with people?

Esther on

From Tamera’s IG it looks like her and her family were at the white house the day before the WHCD, something which the People magazine writer would not know. Tamera and Adam seem to be sensible parents and would know not to take their kids to the WHCD.

Esther on

Good for the first lady being understanding and supporting another mother! What a contrast to some women who are so quick to judge!

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