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Published On: Mon, May 12th, 2014

Vanessa and Nick Lachey discuss raising children, keeping the schedule in new ‘Parents’ magazine

PRESS RELEASE: Two busy careers, fame, and a super-active toddler…how do Vanessa and Nick Lachey hold it all together? Just like the rest of us, the celeb couple is making it up as they go along. In the June 2014 issue of Parents magazine, the down-to-earth, likeable (and not to mention gorgeous) family tells all about their bi-coastal lifestyle, the parenting discoveries they’ve made while raising son Camden, and the trick to getting some ‘alone time’ at the end of the day. See a few highlights from the feature below, and then head to parents.com to check out our exclusive video starring the cute couple in our “The New Parents Game.”

 vanessa nick Lachey parents magazineOn how the couple got together: “Nick asked me to be in his What’s Left of Me music video [in 2006] and that’s when we started talking more. Apparently Nick had wardrobe approval, because I was wearing this little dress that was actually a shirt.” (V)

Nick on the aforementioned shirt: “It was a dress as far as I was concerned.” (N)

On being together five years before getting married and pregnant: “It was fun to have the honeymoon phase before bringing the little guy in.” (V)

On starting to talk about kids in detail: As we started getting serious [about having kids], we’d ask each other things like ‘What kind of parent would you be?’ Then when I was pregnant, we really talked. ‘How would we teach him right from wrong? How would we raise him with values?’ At that point it wasn’t hypothetical – it was happening whether we were ready or not!’ (V)

On Vanessa as a mother: “My wife’s maternal side is a new dynamic to her personality – and it’s definitely made her even sexier.” (N)

On Nick as a father: “I knew the man I was going to marry was not only a great man, a good friend, and a family guy, but he was going to respect and treat me well and be an amazing father and role model to our children. That’s Nick.” (V)

On Camden’s nap schedule: “Whether we’re in New York or Cincinnati or on vacation, as long as he gets his story, sounds machine, and song, he’s good.” (V)

On their bi-coastal lifestyle: “Nick made the sacrifice of waiting until my show wrapped to do his show, and I’m not taking opportunities in L.A. during my show’s hiatus. We are a family first, and that means both of us raising Cam together.” (V)

Nick Lachey parents magazine On looking forward to 7:30pm every night, when Camden goes to bed: “We put on some music or a favorite TV show, pour a glass of wine, have dinner – that’s our ‘alone time’. That’s why it was so important to us to establish Camden’s sleep schedule right out of the gate. I had six different moms telling me ‘Get him on a routine; you will thank yourself later.” (V)

On advice from her friends not to let baby sneak into bed: “When you’ve got the little one between you, it’s not as romantic as when the two of you are alone.” (V)

On being conscious of their fame with social media: “As a parent, it can be exciting to share photos of your child on social media, but we try to keep in mind that things can be picked up by the press. What’s being a proud parent and what is sharing too much? You can drive yourself crazy thinking about it!” (V)

On what’s next for the Lachey family: “We definitely want more kids. You don’t want kids to have to share the game group of friends.” (N) “But you don’t want them so far apart that they have nothing in common.” (V)“Yes, they have to be close enough in age so they can still relate to each other.” (N)

 On Nick recording an album for each child: “Since Nick did A Father’s Lullaby for Camden, we joke that if he doesn’t do one for each of the kids they’re going to think Camden is Daddy’s favorite!” (V)

 On a permanent move down the road: “I was an Air Force brat and I loved it. But I went to eight different schools my first nine years of schooling, so I would love to have Camden grow up the way Nick did, in one place, surrounded by family and friends.” (V)

 On finding what works for them: “We’re learning together and figuring it out along the way. At least we think we’ve figured it out. I guess we’ll find out down the line if we screwed up or not!” (N)

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