Cynthia Izaguirre has a lot to be proud of. For one thing, she has accomplished the goal she set—in middle school—of working for WFAA, becoming one of the most recognized faces and trusted voices in local news. She’s interviewed presidents and professional athletes; she’s covered national disasters and local tragedies. But it’s her work as an advocate for foster children, Izaguirre says, that is the most gratifying.
A superhero at work, in the community and at home, 46-year-old Izaguirre lives in Grapevine with her husband, whom she affectionately calls “Captain Awesome,” and three children, 9-year-old twins (a son and a daughter) and a 4-year-old son.
DFWChild: What’s your superpower as a mom?
Cynthia Izaguirre: Superhuman strength.
C: Who do you consider a superhero mom?
CI: Mother Teresa. Although she never had children of her own, she used her platform to become a mother for thousands of forgotten children. She dedicated her life to fighting for these children and inspiring future generations of advocates, like myself, to follow in her footsteps.
C: How have you evolved as a person, since becoming a mother?
CI: It’s not about me anymore, and I’m very OK with that. Everything I do is for my family. It feels really good not to be so selfish anymore.
C: What’s your parenting style?
CI: I’m loving and I’m a disciplinarian. The children know I love them, but they also know I’m not putting up with shenanigans. Ain’t nobody got time for that!
C: Is there a motto or golden rule that you and your family live by?
CI: If you can’t be trusted with the little things, you can’t be trusted with the big things.
C: What’s the best advice that you’ve received from a fellow mom?
CI: My mother always reminds me that it’s not the quantity of time I spend with my three children, but the quality.
C: What’s the most daring thing you’ve ever done as a parent?
CI: Try to sleep in.
C: What’s the biggest lesson you’ve learned in your life journey so far?
CI: That as long as I stay close to God, everything is always going to be OK.
C: What’s an important lesson you’re teaching your kids?
CI: I’m teaching my children to fight injustice. We cannot be silent.
C: What initiatives are you currently involved in?
CI: I’m always working as an advocate for foster children. And I’m on the TexProtects [Texas Association for the Protection of Children] Board of Directors.
C: What’s your strategy for balancing work and family?
CI: Finding this balance is very hard. Bottom line: We’re blessed to have a stay-at-home parent. My husband runs the household, so I can continue to work in a very demanding profession.
C: It seems almost every mother has mom guilt. How do you deal with yours?
CI: When the kids get sad that I’m going to work, I remind them of something very simple: “No work, no food or toys. Yes work, yes food and toys.”
C: How do you make sure each of your kids gets what they need from you?
CI: Here’s a good example: My older son loves to play a game called Shark with me. Even though he asks me to play all the time, I always try to stop what I’m doing and play with him. I know the clock is ticking before he doesn’t ask me to play anymore, and I don’t want to have regrets.
C: If you had to pick five words to describe yourself, what would they be?
CI: Faithful, loving, determined, curious, kind.
C: What would readers be surprised to learn about you?
CI: I can be very insecure sometimes.
C: What have you learned about yourself recently?
CI: That I have the capacity to be a very good runner.
C: Who or what keeps you grounded?
CI: My family and lifelong friends.
C: What do you want your legacy to be?
CI: That I was a loving wife, mother, daughter, sister, aunt and friend.
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