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Tamera Mowry-Housley on How to Prepare Your Kid Before School Starts

Tamera Mowry-Housley, mother of two, actress, and Emmy-award winning co-host of “The Real” talk show, is embarking on a journey familiar to all mothers: preparing her son for his first day back at school. For Mowry, this means preparation in many different forms. First, she focuses on introducing her son, Aden, to the idea of responsibility.

A great responsibility

“I’m so grateful that Aden’s preschool and kindergarten teachers prepared him on all levels,” Mowry-Housley shares. “How to be respectful and aware of communicating his feelings.”

For parents like Mowry-Housley, finding a community of like-minded teachers and parents is essential. “It really does take a village,” she says. “Whatever is being taught at school, we try to emulate that at home.”

On a schedule

Another back-to-school prep hack Mowry-Housley practices is getting her son back on a school schedule one month before classes actually start. “Also take advantage of those back to school sales,” she urges other parents. “Stuff starts to add up quickly, so know when the sales hit.”

But there’s more to it than just hitting up those back-to-school sales. As a busy mother of two, Mowry-Housley knows how essential it is to have your life in order.

“Get your schedule together as soon as you can,” she says. “Don’t wait, especially if the kids are playing sports or have extracurricular activities. Having a schedule together for the whole family becomes your best friend. Also, make sure you put all special events from the school calendar into your personal calendar. That way you will never forget.”

Never forget

As a co-host of “The Real,” Mowry-Housley has established herself as someone who doesn’t shy away from sharing personal aspects of her life. She has also become known for her openness about the realities of parenting in today’s world, and that frankness is something many mothers can benefit from. As someone who is very much in the public eye, she is free with her advice to other parents out there.

“It’s tough to give an opinion on the entire school system in the country,” she says. “But there is one thing we can all agree upon and do: get involved. Volunteer. It costs nothing. However big or small, your voice matters. Support your children and teachers.”

Lauren Hogan, [email protected]

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