Tamera Mowry-Housley invites moms to rise, thrive, and appreciate themselves, interview

Tamera Mowry-Housley for belVita, photo provided by belVita/Mondelēz International group
Tamera Mowry-Housley for belVita, photo provided by belVita/Mondelēz International group /

The role of “mom” takes on many aspects. From caregiver to cheerleader, the day is always filled with a multitude of tasks. Even though moms might appear to be able to do it all, there are moments where there needs to be time to take a breath, put away the to-do list, and have a pause to appreciate themselves. Tamera Mowry-Housley has partnered with belVita to encourage moms to allow themselves a break.

It can appear that moms do it all. From keeping the master schedule to bringing smiles when the moment is less than perfect, many people turn to mom for that help. When mom needs a moment, who does she turn to? Giving moms permission to take that time is imperative.

Working with belVita, Tamera Mowry-Housley is encouraging everyone to share a little extra positivity. Whether it is Rise and Thrive or another phrase, moms need to feel empowered to take that moment for themselves. A pause over coffee, a time to turn off the phone, or just the appreciation of silence, that time can be a way to re-charge, re-connect, and re-emerge feeling better about herself.

During a recent conversation with Mowry-Housley, she shared some of her mom-tras, appreciating the concept of letting go of perfection, and learning lessons alongside her kids. Many of her comments are ideas that others can appreciate.

Mowry-Housley said, “once I became a mom, part of that community, you talk with others. These mom-tras are things that I have learned over the past 10 years of being a mom and from other moms. I feel that if we can encourage other moms and inspire other moms to take part in them, it can help everyone.” From focusing on the good to it never being to late to restart your day, those simple statement are meaningful.

“This campaign is about rising, thriving, and feeling good about yourself. When you feel good about yourself, you’re a better mom. It’s a ripple effect.”

That idea of putting aside the mom guilt is and will continue to be vital. It can be hard for moms to allow themselves to have that moment. Even though it is beneficial, that willingness to carve out the time is a choice.

Whether it is working out, a moment to read a chapter in a book, or just tune out from everything, those moments can be the break that women need. There are times where it is important to prioritize themselves, not the million of other items that go on during the day.

Mowry-Housley asserted that idea that giving yourself those moments to breathe is a way to genuinely love yourself. As she said, “taking care of yourself and filling that cup back up is a full circle moment. You feel rejuvenated” and can go back to the other items that fill the day. Making “you” a priority is just as important as the other items on the to-do list.

Some moms, including Mowry-Housley, feel that pressure to do everything right. She recalled a story where she introduced new foods to her son for the first time. While she was excited to feed him pasta, her son wanted nothing to do with that food. Now, at 10 years old, her son is willing to eat some pasta.

That story is one many moms understand. No matter how much you want your kid to love a particular food, activity, or something else, the reality is that all those moments may not be as important as the time spent together. The small moments, unexpected talks, or just being together are the times when the memories are made. Creating that picture perfect vacation might seem like the ultimate family time, but the kids might remember the simple afternoon in the yard more. Just being present in the moment is the biggest gift that someone can give.

While moms may need to prioritize themselves, there is a give and take between them and their kids. Parents can learn from their kids just as much as they learn from them.

Mowry-Housely shared how it was hard to watch her son struggle the first time that he pitched a game. In the beginning, the hoped for precision was not on target. Even though any parent has empathy for that moment, they cannot step in and pick up the ball for their child. As her son found his groove, she grew with pride. Not just for the accomplishment, but for his ability to overcome the struggle and find that solution.

In some ways, that concept is something that moms might want to remember. Being a parent is a journey. Every decision is not a strike nor is each one runaway pitch. As long as the overall average is somewhere towards the positive side, the outcome is a win.

From Mother’s Day to everyday, give mom the present that can make her feel loved. Reminding her to take care of herself is the biggest gift that any mom can unwrap every day.