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The Velez Family ∙ "Our last names may not match, but our hearts certainly do."

BirdRock Baby- Angelica Velez

The Velez Family

Flushing, NY

What is your favorite family tradition?

Between our busy work schedules, a teen in high school, swim practice, a newborn, etc., having dinner together is a rarity. Monday nights we make it our business to eat together whether it's home cooked or take out. We pick a movie, hang out and relax as a family unit.

Tell us about your favorite family story.

My favorite family story was when we went on our first family trip abroad. We visited Cuba and learned so much about the culture and people. With limited access to cellphone use, it was such a great experience having full conversations with one another, laughing, and exploring the sights without being engulfed in our phones.

What is your family's motto?

Our last names may not match, but our hearts certainly do.

Share Your Parenting Wisdom

BirdRock Baby- Angelica Velez

What's your number one tip for new parents?

It may be easier said than done but remember to take care of yourself emotionally, physically and spiritually. And when help is being offered, take it! Having a new addition to the family is just that, an addition...everything will become a bit more hectic, more time consuming, not go as planned, and that's ok! Take time to breathe and relax when you can.

What has been the most surprising thing you've learned as a parent?

You know more than you think. Trust your instincts.

Tell us about your funniest parenting story (we all have them!)

Whether you're a new parent or a veteran parent (what I thought I was), if a boy isn't covered up fast enough while getting a diaper change, you're in for a treat, or two.

You can find the Velez Family on Instagram at @Dope_coolkid.