The storyline of “Good Luck Charlie,” in part, mimics the Baker’s life. She’s also balancing a career and motherhood. In season two (premieres on Disney Channel, Sunday, Feb 20 at 8pm ET/PT) her on-screen daughter turns two. Off the set it’s two-year-old Griffin who calls her mom. So it’s potty-training, birthday parties and the “terrible twos” both at home and at work.
Are the terrible twos as bad as they say? For Baker’s sake, let’s hope not. She’s getting a double-dose.
“It’s all perspective. You can look at their behavior as defiance or you can look at it as new-found independence. Defiance is annoying and frustrating. New-found independence can be challenging, but it is really exciting and fun at the same time,” she told Mother of Confusion.
“As your child grows and changes, so must the parent. They force us to learn different ways to communicate, negotiate and exercise patience.”
As a mom and a TV-mom, Baker has also observed some differences between boys and girls.
“I have found the girls to be very complex … advanced talkers and thinkers … with very strong opinions. Girls manage to be so sweet, savvy, fun and bossy at the same time.
“Boys on the other hand seem to be very physically active. With very strong ties to Mommy. They’re like little love bugs with no off button.”
Speaking of little love bugs, Baker’s son, Griffin, recently celebrated his second birthday.
“For Griffin’s birthday I spent way too much money on a cake that had edible characters of Rosie and Thomas. Griffin and I talked about that cake for weeks. He was so excited to see it,” Baker said.
“When the day of the party came, all he wanted to do was hold them. They melted all over him and everyone else until nothing was left. So the lesson is… just buy the actual characters and put them on the cake. That way, you can clean them off and keep them as a memento from the party.”
Of course, it wasn’t that long ago Baker was a mom-to-be sorting through parenting advice and pondering the journey to motherhood.
“Everyone says how hard it is to be a parent and that you’re really tired but no one says you can’t wait to get up to feed your child when they cry in the middle of the night. The joy so outweighs the exhaustion.”
GOOD LUCK CHARLIE - Mia Talerico stars as Charlie on Disney Channel's "Good Luck Charlie." (DISNEY CHANNEL)
“Good Luck Charlie” Extras!
TV-G | Sunday (8 pm ET/PT)
Season two will feature the first cross-over episode of “Good Luck Charlie.” The storyline features the cast of Disney Channel’s newest comedy “ Shake It Up .”
“Good Luck Charlie” movie
In March, the “Good Luck Charlie” family will begin production on holiday-themed Disney Channel movie. In the movie, responsible big sister Teddy makes a snap decision that separates the family. She goes through her own version of “Planes, Trains and Automobiles” to get her family to Palm Springs in time for Christmas. The movie is scheduled to premiere in winter 2011.
Season 1 “Good Luck Charlie”
If you missed season one of “Good Luck Charlie,” or want to watch it again, Netflix has it available in DVD and streaming.