Why I joined “The Mama-logues” Cast
by Cynthia Turrietta, Early Learning Program Director
Parenting is complicated at any stage of life; there is a constant barrage of information in books and blogs all trying to tell new parents the “best” way to parent. I am a first-generation American, and you better believe that my mother and the rest of my extended family have just as much Mexican parenting advice they so generously and voluntarily share with me.
Nothing truly prepared me for parenthood. Not the hundreds of online articles I read, not even the generations of parenting practices my mother shared with me. Oh, and not to mention the years of experience spent working with children and in social work.
Becoming a mother to my beautiful daughter, Luna, was the most exciting and terrifying thing that I have ever experienced. My husband and I tried to prepare for her arrival with absolutely no idea what to expect. In true new parent fashion, we stumbled through our first few months, trying to get as much sleep as we could. Mealtime was now what I so lovingly referred to as “zombie eating,” which I use to describe times when I did not know if I was chewing or sleeping.
Learning and growing into this new mama role has been so surprisingly chaotic and unexpected that at times all I could do was laugh! So, last year, when I attended “The Mama-logues: A Comedy Variety Show About Motherhood” something clicked. Finally! A night where I could laugh at all the ups and downs of parenthood, relax, and enjoy the experience of knowing that we are all just trying to figure out this parenting thing.