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Tia Mowry Reveals Her Most Embarrassing Mom Moment

Tia Mowry-Hardrict knows that there's no such thing as "the perfect mom," but, like all of us, it doesn't stop her from trying.

"I think everyone tries to be a super mom," says the actress and mom to 2-year-old son Cree, "but we all know that that does not exist."

Mowry-Hardrict is on her way to achieving superhero status, as she juggles a plethora of new projects, along with that whole motherhood thing. After all, her movie Baggage Claim opened this week, her new Nick at Nite show Instant Mom premieres on September 29, and her and twin sister Tamera's Need Brands company, which offers all-natural products for moms, is flourishing.

Add to that a partnership with FluMist Quadrivalent to encourage other busy parents to get their annual flu vaccine, and we're already out of breath.

How does she do it all? We caught up with Mowry-Hardrict to find out.

How she juggles it all ...

I just take everything an hour at a time, and I prioritize. I find things that I'm passionate about, and I prioritize with my husband (actor Cory Hardrict) and my family. If I get too ahead of myself, then I won't be able to put in 100 percent at what I'm doing at the moment—and then I get easily overwhelmed.

On why she thinks vaccines are so controversial...

I think the main thing is when you have a child and you know that your child is about to get stuck with a needle, you know that that's not going to be a good day. And people are afraid of what they don't know. So if you do your research and educate yourself about vaccinations and talk to your doctor, any doctor will tell you that the best way to prevent your child from getting sick (from the flu) is to get vaccinated.

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Her most embarrassing moment as a mom...

My child is in his terrible twos, and he likes to have his tantrums in public. We were at the Farmers Market, and we were in those cute little buggies that are like cars. It's my son's favorite thing—now he thinks he's too big and grown to be in a stroller. He didn't want to sit in it anymore; he wanted to push it. He was pushing it into people's feet. And I said, "You know what, Cree, you can't do this anymore. You're going to have to get in." Oh my goodness. He throws himself on the ground, screaming and yelling. That was embarrassing alone. Then the paparazzi come out, taking pictures and videotaping it. Oh my gosh, the world is going to think I'm this terrible mom because my son is laid out on the floor.

How she's avoided the negative pitfalls of child stardom...

I think the main thing is I haven't allowed this business to define who I am. My integrity and my character are more important to me than if I'm working or not. I love what I do, but when I do what I do, I come home and I'm Tia Mowry the wife and the mom.

How her mom kept her grounded...

When you're a child star, and you have parents that want to be their friends and they're too busy hanging out and wanting to be like their child, going out in the clubs and crossing the line instead of being a parent—that was something my mom did not do.

Having a sister has helped when it comes to motherhood...

My sister and I have different parenting styles—I have more of an attachment parenting style, and Tamera has more of a traditional parenting style. I think we learn from each other. She sees that I'm co-sleeping, and (her son) Aden is more on a structured schedule when it comes to sleep. Maybe I can take a bit of what Tamera is doing and vice versa.

A fun discovery about her son, Cree ...

One fun discovery is that my son is musically inclined. It's not that he's just sitting there and dancing to songs. He's dancing on beats, and he has amazing rhythm at the age of 2.

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