Now a mom of two. actress and TV personality Tia Mowry-Hardrict is no newbie to parenting.
The 40-year-old actress and her husband, fellow actor Cory Hardrict are gearing up to send their son, Cree Hardrict, 7, off to the second grade this fall and she has a foolproof plan for how to make sure his new school year kicks off without a hitch.
“The main thing is to keep it fun and exciting,” the star shared with ESSENCE. “I remember growing up with my mother. She always made going back to school an event, whether that was buying new clothes for the school year, so we were always excited because we got new clothes. And then also, I just remember, you know, popping down the aisles in some of the stores and just having fun and picking out whatever we wanted for school supplies.”
Mowry-Hardrict recently partnered with Office Depot to help discuss getting prepared to send your kids back to class, and she shared some tips on how she plans to prep Cree.
“My advice would be to definitely keep things fun and entertaining…I mean I really wish that this stuff [school supplies] was available when I was a kid. Getting fun, stylish supplies, and allowing your kid’s imagination to just go. [Cree is] growing up so fast and he absolutely loves Star Wars, [and] he loves sharks, and just getting him all of those essentials that he needs, that are fun, entertaining and that’s just gonna keep school exciting.”
Another trick Tia has up her sleeve? Ease those first day jitters with some of their favorite things.
“I always go on my experiences with the way my mom raised us, and one thing that she would do to get us excited for school is she would make our favorite breakfast. My son absolutely loves pancakes. I would say definitely make them a nice hearty, protein-based breakfast that will give them lots of energy to sustain the day, loaded with nice fruit just to get a lot of antioxidants in there and flowing and going.”