As parents, it's important we find an approach that suits both us and our child, but when you're constantly faced with a barrage of alternative advice and information it can be easy to feel you may be getting it all wrong.

One actress, who is determined to stick to her own path when it comes to motherhood, is much-loved star, Tia Mowry.

Having shot to fame in the 1990s wth smash show Sister Sister, the stunning star has always insisted in doing things her own way and nowhere is this more apparent that her approach to son, Cree.

In a recent candid interview, Tia says she refuses to change tact when it comes to certain parenting issues  regardless of whether her mum and sister, Tamara, approve.

Commenting on this, 37-year-old Tia, who welcomed Cree in 2011  explains: "Tamara is more by the book, like my own mom who says, ‘Why does Cree still have a bottle in his mouth?’"

Elaborating on her down-to-earth response to these concerns, Tia simply says: "I say, ‘Mom, he’s not going to college with a pacifier or co-sleep when he’s a teen.’ 

Comparing her approach to her sister's, Tia highlights the differences, explaining: "I’m less traditional than Tamera - she doesn’t co-sleep and I do. I also never pushed my son to walk and I won’t do ‘cry it out’. Cree only started sleeping in his own bed when he was three and a half."

However, Tia, who has been with her son's father, Cory, since 2000, admits there are certain parenting approaches which she does frown upon.

Elaborating on the issues, she explains: "I don’t like it when parents are so focused on gender stereotypes and say to boys, ‘Don’t cry, you’re not a girl.’ I don’t want to take away Cree’s masculinity when he’s upset or aggressive."

Delving further still, she says: "But, on the other hand, if he’s crying, I don’t say, ‘Don’t act like a girl.’ We don’t allow men to tap to into their feminine side."

Tia recently became an aunt again when Tamera welcomed a baby girl into her life in July of this year.




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