Celebrity Parents Jorge & Laura Posada
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Laura Posada, attorney and CEO of Laura Posada Enterprises, LLP.
At Home: Manhattan and Miami. Son, Jorge Luis, 9; daughter, Paulina, 7.
Q. What is your favorite activity with your children?
LP: I enjoy every moment with them, but my favorite is when we all sit down to dinner together. It is the perfect time to talk about their day in school and hear how things are going. It also gives us time to plan about what activities we want to plan in the upcoming days.
Q. What is the most important lesson you try to impart to your children?
LP: The most important is the "d list" that we have in the book. Basically that they can achieve whatever they want if they are" disciplined," "dedicated," have the "desire" to do things and are "determined." In Fit Home Team we added even more d's to the list.
Q. Who was your greatest child-raising influence and why?
LP: My parents did a great job when I was growing up. They were strict, but also rewarded me when I succeeded in school or sports. I believe that is important, and I try to do the same with my children.
Q. What is your approach to disciplining your children?
LP: I always teach them that they need to treat me with respect just as I respect them. I try to talk to them and explain why there are certain rules. I use time-outs when they are misbehaving and ask them to use the time to reflect on what just happened. After 5-10 minutes have passed I will ask then how they feel and if they have learned anything from the situation. We talk about it and at the end I remind them that I love them, and I'm only trying to help them become a better person.
Q. What was a memorable family outing?
LP: We recently took a family trip that was really amazing. We went snorkeling, zip-lining and rode in ATVs. Practically every day we tried something new and different. We all had a blast!!!
For more Jorge-centric Q&As, visit the MVP's website - http://jorgeposada.com/ - where you'll learn, among other things, that the best advice he ever received was from his dad ("Make your goals very high and go get 'em"), and that the two posters hanging on his bedroom wall when he was a kid were of Don Mattingly and George Brett.
For information on or to purchase Fit Home Team, visit www.books.simonandschuster.com/Fit-Home-Team/Jorge-Posada/9781439109311. To learn more about the Jorge Posada Foundation, visit www.jorgeposadafoundation.org.