April 07, 2015 11:00 AM

There’s nothing better than going home after a long day’s work and hearing the word “Daddy!”

Well, at least according to Mario Lopez.

In a recent interview with Mini Magazine, the Extra host could not help but dish about his life at home.

“If it’s a horrible day — tough or long — I come home, go to the door and little kids yell, ‘Daddy!’ it makes it all better,” Lopez says. “It’s only complemented my life.”

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Lopez, 41, and wife Courtney, 32, seem like the perfect team for their children Gia Francesca, 4, and Dominic, 18 months.

“Mario works so hard for our family, but no matter how long of a day he’s had, he comes home and is so present,” shares Courtney. “I couldn’t have asked for a more perfect father for my children. He is everything.”

And Lopez feels the same way about his better half. “[Courtney] is very smart and patient, but also strong and stern,” he explains.

“The kids respect her when she tells them something. She is very authoritative.”

Though Lopez is the ultimate career man, that hasn’t stopped him from staying grounded and knowing what’s really important. “My family is my number one priority — that always comes first,” the Saved by the Bell alum explains.

“Sometimes I travel on the weekends and, fortunately, I have a supportive family back home that understands that.”

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Yes, the couple have their hands full with two children, but a third is definitely not out of the question.

“I think once we go to number three, we are going to be outnumbered — then it will get very real,” Lopez jokes. “You don’t realize the amount of love that you have for these new little humans. It changes your whole perspective and all your priorities.”

With four years of experience under his belt, the proud father has some last words of wisdom for not only himself but for fathers everywhere.

“No need to stress and worry about every little thing,” he notes. “Things will take care of themselves, and children are a lot tougher than you think they are.”

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— Christina Dugan

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