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Staying Grounded: Christian Twins Tia & Tamera’s Disciplined
Upbringing Responsible for Humility
Article By Aneesah Banks:: EEW Magazine Parenting
Christian twins Tia Mowry-Hardrict and Tamera Mowry-Housley, 35, were child stars who managed to avoid the
downward spiral into chaos and controversy. But how?
In a recent interview with Too Fab the two admitted the firm hands of their parents played an integral role in
keeping their feet on the ground and their lives on track.
“We would have ‘G.I. Fridays’ [which meant] General Inspection. Our parents were in the army and so we would
have to clean the house every Friday,” they recalled.
A strict regimen set boundaries and maintained a sense of normalcy in their lives, even as their 90s hit
television sitcom Sister, Sister grew in popularity.
When asked how they managed to keep their image squeaky clean Tamera answered, “Well, I think it starts at
home. Kids need structure, you know.”
That translates into chores, responsibilities and expectations. “We would have to clean our rooms. It just started
with those little things. They taught us about hard work. But most importantly, they taught us about self-respect
and respecting others.”
Aside from honoring daily obligations in the Mowry home, the siblings had a mother who was unafraid to tell
them when they were getting caught up in the fame and celebrity status.
“My mom, she didn’t have a problem telling us if we were getting a little hoity-toity or smelling yourself—that’s
what she used to say,” Tamera shared.
“She was like ‘One day this is gonna be over. One day this is gonna end and also, this is just a job.”
Watch the full interview below.
FEBRUARY 4, 2014