Mario Lopez: ‘There Are No Time-Outs’ in Parenthood

06/04/2015 at 01:00 PM ET

Mario Lopez and family
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Mario Lopez is learning that there’s no such thing as a weekend when you’re a parent.

In the June issue of Parents Latina magazine, Lopez offers a peek inside the “chaos” of raising daughter Gia Francesca, 4½, and son Dominic, 21 months, with wife Courtney.

“There are no time-outs, really. Weekends, you think you can catch up on rest, and it’s the opposite. It gets even busier. It’s a different kind of busy!” he says.

“My wife and I call our son Wreck-It Ralph because he destroys everything. He’s got a lot of fire in him,” the Extra host continues. “My daughter is very dramatic. She’s been sick recently, and this morning she said, ‘Oh my god, I’m not going to feel better. My cough is never going to go away!’ I told her, ‘Don’t worry, you’ll be okay.’ ”

According to Lopez, his kids will “definitely” go to Catholic school, but in the meantime, he and Courtney are doing their best to impart Gia and Dominic with a strong values system.

“I don’t want them to be spoiled. I make sure to communicate, especially with my little girl, how blessed she is — by going to church, Boys & Girls Clubs, to certain events where kids don’t have it so good, where she’ll be able to witness need and recognize it and later be able to help,” he says.

The biggest life lesson Lopez will be passing down “is going to be treat others with respect. Be polite: Manners go a long way. Try to come from a good place. And aside from that, stay focused and do the right thing.”

The couple are also trying to impart a sense of heritage to their kids by teaching them Spanish and taking them to visit family in Mexico.

“We’ve been taking my children to Mexico every year since they were born. Knowing where their culture and language are from is important, and we still have family there,” he says. “The kids have these funny passports; we had to hold their heads up for the pictures because they couldn’t do it yet.”

— Andrea Park

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DaisyMoon on

If he can teach his son monogamy and his daughter not to settle for a cheater, he will have succeeded.

Faith on

We love Mario from ABDC and saw Jabbas in Vegas and we LOVE The Little Couple (NEVER miss an episode) for the love they have as a family!!! Can’t believe Jen went to medical school here in B more at Johns Hopkins!

linda on

Duh……really……how intuitive.

guest on

DaisyMoon, why bring his past into it? Some people do change. He was young and dumb. He now has a family and is much older. Like everyone else, he’s imperfect.

Sassymom on

Come on! So what if he was a cheat.., obviously that wasn’t the girl he was in love with.. People make mistakes, especially when they’re young and careless. He’s a grown man now, a family man and he seems he has been doing alright. Good for them.

GG on

Mario has definitely matured than few years ago and he seems a good father.

Kelly on

This guy will never change. He has a bad temper and does not care about his wife at all. Feel sorry for Courtney and the kids. Surprised they lasted this long.