June 04, 2015 01:00 PM

Michael Simon/Startraks

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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