One of the best part of being a mom is hanging out with other moms. When we come together, the connection is immediate and makes motherhood an easy task! Whether you are a working mom (like me), stay at home mom, adoptive mom, new mom, foster mom, seasoned mom… there are always something that can connect us all.
I was recently invited by CBS to attend a roundtable interview with two of the nicest moms that are on TV right now: Amber Stevens West and Tichina Arnold! Both actresses are on HAPPY TOGETHER and THE NEIGHBORHOOD, respectively, on CBS, every Monday evening!
Spending time and talking to them, it seems easy to work on a TV show and have a life outside set. Amber, who plays Claire in HAPPY TOGETHER, is a brand-new mom to a two-month-old daughter, Ava. On the other hand, Tichina, who portrays Tina in THE NEIGHBORHOOD, has more experience, she has 14-year-old daughter, Alijah.
Let’s listen to the audio in English:
Some sides notes
Tichina also gave us some sweet words when asked about that “guilty feeling” we have when you are a working mom, she said “never feel bad at being the best mom that you can be. You are only one person. You can only do your best. There is no normal. Normal is what we make it and what we say it should be and not to feel bad about the choices that you make because you’re a mother and are doing the best that you can.”
According to Tichina, it takes a village to raise a kid: “believes that as moms we need to stop placing pressures on ourselves and we must believe that we’re doing the very best that we possibly can for ourselves and families. We need to release the guilt, shame, and unrealistic expectations and embrace our lives for what it is. That life, however messy it is, it’s beautiful, welcome it and embrace it. Build your tribe and allow the help, it takes a village to raise a child and help keep your sh*t together.”
You can catch these two beautiful ladies every Monday on CBS at THE NEIGHBORHOOD @ 8:00PM PST and at HAPPY TOGETHER @ 8:3PM PST.
More about the series
THE NEIGHBORHOOD stars Cedric the Entertainer in a comedy about what happens when the friendliest guy in the Midwest moves his family to a neighborhood in Los Angeles where not everyone looks like him or appreciates his extreme neighborliness. Dave Johnson is a good-natured, professional conflict negotiator. When his wife, Gemma, gets a job as a school principal in L.A., they move from Michigan with their young son, Grover, unfazed that their new dream home is located in a community quite different from their small town. Their opinionated next-door neighbor, Calvin Butler, is wary of the newcomers, certain that the Johnsons will disrupt the culture on the block. However, Calvin’s gracious wife, Tina, rolls out the welcome wagon; their chipper younger son, Marty, thinks the Johnsons could be good for the community; and their unemployed older son, Malcolm, finds Dave may finally be someone who understands him. Dave realizes that fitting into their new community is more complex than he expected, but if he can find a way to connect with Calvin, they have an excellent chance of making their new neighborhood their home.
The series stars Cedric the Entertainer (Calvin Butler), Max Greenfield (Dave Johnson), Sheaun McKinney (Malcolm Butler), Marcel Spears (Marty Butler), Hank Greenspan (Grover Johnson), Trichina Arnold (Tina Butler), Beth Behrs (Gemma Johnson), and more.
HAPPY TOGETHER stars Damon Wayans, Jr. in a comedy about a 30-something happily married couple who begin to reconnect with their younger, cooler selves when a young pop star drawn to their super ordinary suburban life unexpectedly moves in with them. Jake, an accountant, and his dream wife, Claire, a restaurant and bar designer, are very comfortably settled into their marriage, enjoying evenings together on the couch watching TV and scheduling time to change their outgoing voicemail message. Their tame routine gets a makeover when Jake’s client, exuberant music superstar Cooper James, arrives on their doorstep looking for refuge from the paparazzi following a high-profile breakup with his girlfriend. Jake and Claire quickly discover there’s no way they can keep up with their world-famous houseguest’s effortlessly cool, fast-paced lifestyle. Cooper, however, enjoys Jake and Claire’s more relaxed way of life, discovering that a touch of ordinary can be extraordinary for all three of them. Stephnie Weir stars as Claire’s mother, Bonnie; Victor Williams stars as Claire’s father, Gerald; and Chris Parnell stars as Cooper’s agent, Wayne.
HAPPY TOGETHER stars Damon Wayans, Jr. (Jake), Amber Stevens West (Claire), Felix Mallard (Cooper James), Stephanie Weir (Bonnie), Victor Williams (Gerald), Chris Parnell (Wayne).