ick Lachey is 100 percent devoted to being a dad. That means that when the 45-year-old singer is on the road, touring solo or with band 98 Degrees, he has to find a way to be present for kids Phoenix Robert, 2, Brooklyn Elisabeth, 4, and Camden John, 6, with wifeVanessa. He does so with children’s reading app, Caribu (essentially FaceTime meets Kindle), which allows parents, extended family and others to read and draw with children when they aren’t together. Here, Nick talks about the importance of family, offers his parenting tips and discusses #dadgoals.
How do you stay connected with your family when you’re on tour?
Well, it used to just be a lot of FaceTime, but now Caribu has changed that. It’s taken the convenience and connection of FaceTime and made it even better.
Why is Caribu such a game changer for you as a parent?
It’s a total game changer. My kids are at the age where they get bored with simply doing FaceTime very quickly. With Caribu, they are engaged and focused. I get to enjoy spending time with them doing things that we would be doing if I was able to be home with them…….reading together, drawing together, even coloring. Nothing beats being home with them in person, but Caribu has made being gone not feel so distant!
What do you read to your kids? Do you have a favorite book? What is it and why?
Phoenix loves the Sesame Street books on Caribu. Brooklyn is at the age where she is starting to get into Barbie, so those books are a home run for her. On Caribu, I have been using the drawing book a lot with Camden because we can practice writing his letters together. He is learning all of that in Kindergarten right now, so it’s been nice to be able to do that with him
What are some of the most important parenting tips you can share?
Being a parent is the most challenging thing I have ever done in my life. It is also the most rewarding by far. My best advice would be patience, patience, patience…….
What is a family tradition you and Vanessa have made together?
We spend time at the end of every day with the kids reading before bed and then talking about our day. We always ask them what their favorite part of the day was as well as their least favorite. It’s become a tradition and a great way to talk about their experiences, feelings, and emotions
Do you have plans to further expand your family? Why or why not?
We are totally content with the three wonderful kids we have right now. I don’t think any more kids are in the cards for us!!
What’s next for you project-wise this year?
I am doing shows with 98 Degrees throughout the year as well as continuing to work on my solo music. I also have a couple TV projects in the works which I hope to be able to share more about later this year.
Do you have any goals for 2019? Why or why not? If yes, what are they?
As I get older, my goals of staying in shape become harder and harder to achieve, but I still try!! Other than getting back into shape, my goal would be to spend as much time with my family as I possibly can. These moments are simply too special to
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