Family and career are all pieces to a huge puzzle, according to Tia Mowry-Hardrict. The actress tells Rolling Out that balancing life as a mom, wife, and actress is all a matter of fitting each piece in its place.
“It’s very hard to balance family and career,” says Tia. “When you are a mother, it’s hard in general. Being a mother is a 24-hour job — you’re constantly taking care of another person. But when you’re a working mom and a wife, it adds other pieces to the pie. I have all of these pieces that I have to try and cut evenly and divide.”
“The key is prioritizing those pieces,” the actress adds. “And you have to forgive yourself. Sometimes I’m going to spend more time with my career than with my son; other times I’ll be more with my son more than my career. I think being realistic with my expectations and my goals and forgiving myself — that’s what gets me through.”
Motherhood has taught Mrs. Hardrict much about life, including its value and endurance. “I think being a mom, you have to learn how to embrace patience,” explains the actress. “I’ve learned that I do really enjoy being a mom. I love seeing my son grow and evolve and turn into this human being. But also, being a mother has taught me to slow down — [which is] kind of weird because I really haven’t stopped since I became a mom [laughs]. But what I mean by ‘slow down’ is, really look at the value of life. Really look at what life is all about. When you aren’t a parent or a mom, you go through life living selfishly. It’s all about you. But once you have a child, you realize that you’re no longer doing things for yourself, you’re doing things for your child. So that’s what being mom has taught me: stop and smell the roses, value and appreciate life.”
Cree is Tia and husband Cory Hardrict’s first child.