Tywana M. Smith
Tywana is a mom of two daughters and the co-owner of Treasured Locks, LLC.
How many children do you have and what are their ages? We have two girls. They are 11 and 14.
How did you come up with the idea for your company? I started Treasured Locks when my youngest was just about two years old. I had been a stay at home mother for about five years at the time. I had a lot of trouble finding products for my girls’ hair since we are African-American. The products available locally were cheap and not healthy for their hair. So, my husband and I decided to start our own company. My husband was in computer sales, and we knew quite a bit about technology. We thought that by starting an Internet company, we could reach people across the country. We started with a dozen products or so. We now have almost 300 products. We started selling other people’s healthy products. We now have developed our own brand. That was nine years ago. Now, we both work full time for ourselves.
What’s your favorite parenting tip? Always show your children love and respect. My husband and I realize we are going to do some things wrong. But, one thing we want our girls to know is that they are loved unconditionally and they are worthy of respect. Having girls we feel it’s even more important to teach them to never let anyone treat them badly. We tell them we love them and are proud of them at least once a day. And, we never let them go to bed without a kiss and a hug.
How do you get your family to eat healthy food and/or exercise? We believe in leading by example. Even though we are older parents, we exercise daily and try to eat a healthy diet. The girls have always had plenty of fruits and vegetables even though my youngest has quite a sweet tooth (like her mother). We bought a high powered blenders about three years ago, and the girls love to make smoothies and icees with it. We keep individually frozen strawberries and other frozen berries on hand. And, we experiment with things like making our own ice cream.
The girls are involved in basketball and swimming and we reinforce constantly that their bodies are something they have to treat with care. We attend all of their swimming and basketball events.
How do you recharge your batteries? I like to recharge my batteries by getting together with friends. I’m in a book club that has been meeting for several years. It’s a club of all women, and we meet monthly over wine and desserts.
I also have a group of women I meet with once a week or so to discuss what’s going on in our lives. I get a spiritual charge from that. During the summer months, when the girls are out of school, we spend time going to the local amusement park and hanging out by the neighborhood pool.