Mario Lopez Reveals the Hardest Part About Being a Dad

Courtney Mazza and Mario Lopez with their children Gia and Dominic in the pool

Doting father Mario Lopez sounds off on parenthood, raising two rambunctious children, and the importance of getting kids outdoors in a recent interview with People

Lopez and his wife, Courtney Mazza, love getting outdoors during the summer with their two children -- 3 1/2 year old Gia Francesca and 10-month-old son Dominic. "We just got our pool finished, so when Gia is not in Montessori school or at ballet classes, I get her to go swimming with her little brother, who has learned to swim before walking," he says. "We all love summer, because we can be outside and get a lot of exercise while having fun."

Lopez adds that he likes to keep his two children busy -- especially Gia. If she's not in the pool with her hermano, she is learning to Spanish, play the piano, and do gymnastics. Occassionally, her dad even treats her to a date at a local amusement park. 

"When we have time on weekends, I take Gia to Universal," he said. "She loves the Despicable Me Water Park Playground and Minion Mayhem. She is very active and has a great time experiencing new things."

Lopez makes time with his children a top priority. He always comes home in time to play with the kids before bed, and he takes Gia and Nico on business trips that last longer than three days.

The father tells People that being a dad has come with its own set of rewards -- and challenges. "The hardest part of my new life as a dad is leaving for work in the morning," he says. "These kids have totally changed my life. They are simply fantastic!"

What do you think about Mario's approach to fatherhood?