Comedian and actress Andrea Rosen – star of NickMom’s Take Me To Your Mother and mother to 21-month-old Odin – has traveled around the country to get advice from different moms on how to raise a great kid. New episodes of the show air every Monday in June at 10pm (ET/PT) on Nick Jr. The series finale is on Monday July 1.
Celebrity Baby Scoop recently had the chance to interview Rosen to discuss her show and being a first time mom.
CBS: Tell us about your docu-comedy series “Take Me To Your Mother.” What is the series all about?
AR: It’s a docu-series about me being a first time mom and how I don’t really know what I’m doing. I mean I do, but also don’t. So in the series I hang out with other moms and they share their opinions about raising kids. But the moms I talk to have a really specific point of view, either because of their culture (Italian moms) or religion (Hassidic moms) or their job (NASA moms).
CBS: What was it like to meet so many different moms all over the country? Did you hear any common threads when it came to parenting issues and advice?
AR: Everyone is so different and certain about different things. Like the Italian moms I talked to were very old school. They took care of their sons almost like their sons were their husbands – cooking and cleaning and fawning until the sons get married. The mom I met in Santa Barbara who had 9 kids was just trying to keep her head above water and survive. The West Indian Moms were all about discipline. And the Japanese moms wanted their kids to be successful but not boastful.
So, in terms of advice, I got a lot of it. And all of it was pretty different and specific for those moms.
CBS: What is your favorite or best piece of advice you received from moms thus far? What’s wackiest advice you received?
AR: I heard from a few of them – you can’t be everything, “E” is for enough – basically that as a mom, you should give yourself a break, loosen up on controlling everything, and breathe. All of it is easier said than done, especially while your child refuses to get his five pound doody diaper changed, throws the roasted chicken pieces, sweet potato, and peas that you lovingly prepared for him on the floor, and hurls his eco-friendly wooden blocks with his pitcher’s arm at your face. (Of course he’s a sweet angel the rest of the day, but still!).
I didn’t really get wacky advice. I mean I heard wacky things – like the Italian moms used to spy on their teenaged sons, and one woman I talked to thought breastfeeding was “disgusting!”, and nudist moms think their kids are more confident about their bodies because of all the flesh they’ve been exposed to – but I would say the advice was all pretty grounded.
CBS: You are a first-time mom. How is your little one doing? Are you able to get any sleep?
AR: He’s great. He’s fun and at times, he’s a maniac. He’s climbing the furniture and wanting to jump off. Eeeek! He doodied in the tub about a month ago and has refused to take a bath ever since! So we give him a sponge baths. He loves bike helmets and snuggling and Peter Rabbit. He’s funny and naughty. He’s a little kitty bear. Regarding sleep – my child finally sleeps through the night, but wakes up at 5:30am. I’m tired. All the time.
CBS: Was motherhood what you expected?
AR: I really and truly did not know what to expect. I was scared. But I didn’t even know what I was scared of. Though now that I’m 20 months into it, I was right to be afraid. It’s really hard. Especially when you’re working.
One thing that did surprise me – was how connected I feel to every mother, now that I’m a mom. I feel enormous amounts of compassion and respect for moms. I guess because I’m in the trenches now. And life just got a lot brighter, bigger, deeper.
CBS: How do you balance your motherhood duties with your career? Do you think women can really have it all?
AR: It’s an incredibly daunting task to raise a small child and have a career. My husband is as involved as I am, and it’s still super challenging. Like everyone says – it’s the hardest thing, but also the best thing.
CBS: What is one thing you wish you knew about motherhood before being a mom?
AR: That I should have read a lot more, because post being a mother, I would never have the energy to read another book.
CBS: What’s up next for you?
AR: I have an acting job that shoots next month that I’m really excited about. I’m working on a movie script. I’m researching good public schools in the LA area. And I’m thinking about starting to exercise.