Parent & Child interviews

Nico, 5 y old – Brooklyn, USA

April 18, 2013

 

Nico is the strongest person in the world and he is only scared by spiders, nothing else. His mother, Teresa Lagerman, is the founder of new e-store Brooklyn Makers.

Nico

Do you have special powers?  Let’s see. I’m really strong like my friend Joaquin. He taught me how to play basketball from really far away.

Who is the strongest person in the world?  Me

What do you want to be when you grow up?  Two things. A baseball player and a chef.

Who do you admire? Marco. He’s my baby brother. He’s almost three.

What is the best thing in life?  Ice cream.

Are you scared of anything?  No. Well, only one thing. Spiders. But not anything else.

The best holidays you ever had?  Christmas! We went to Florida with Grandma and Grandpa. When we were asleep Santa came down the chimney and put the presents under the tree.

Your favorite belonging?  My Pocoyo. He sleeps in my bed

If you had a magic wand, what would you do with it right now?  I would make a cow disappear. Maybe a horse, or any kind of animal. Even a spider. Or a parrot.

Teresa

The place you love near your home?  Prospect Park is just down the block from us. It’s huge and very laid back. I love packing a blanket, some snacks and a couple of balls and going for an afternoon picnic with the kids.

Where do you dream to go for your next family holiday?  When the kids are a little older, I would love to go to Japan. In the nearer future, we have a trip coming up to Provincetown that I’m really excited about.

The film that you love to see with the whole family?  We love the Miyazaki’s movies (Ponyo, Kiki’s Delivery Service) and anything by Pixar. I’m particularly fond of Ratatouille because 1. it takes place in Paris and 2. after watching it the first time, my vegetable-despising kid requested (and happily ate) the famous dish.

The book on your bedside table?  At Home by Bill Bryson. I’ve been reading his books one after another. It’s a bit too much to absorb, but he makes it fun.

The children’s brands your cherish?  I love our local makers – Kallio, Lady Handmade, Brooklyn Junior and Spoon + Tamago. Winter Water Factory is another Brooklyn favorite. I root for my other home (Spain) in terms of shoes – I always stop at the Pablosky factory near my parents’ country house when we’re there and stock up! I’m also a huge fan of Zara Kids, for inexpensive yet durable clothes.

The children’s stores you love to visit and buy from?  My favorite kids shop in Brooklyn is Allegria in Williamsburg. Everything is beautiful but down-to-earth, and the atmosphere is laid back – you feel comfortable to linger. The owners are incredibly nice. Lolli and Toy Space in Park Slope are my go-to destination for birthday gifts. I also frequent local bookstores – Powerhouse in Dumbo is the family favorite. When I’m in Madrid, I love going to Baby Deli.

Last thing you bought for your child? Four weeks of summer camp! Ha. We just got back from Smorgasburg where he scored a chocolate ice cream from Blue Marble.

Favourite pieces in your child’s wardrobe?  A hooded light jacket from Kallio. It’s so perfectly Nico. I also love his shirt from MUNY. Boys button-down shirts are awesome.

What do you buy online? We have the greatest online grocery store in NYC, Freshdirect. It’s such a huge time-saver, it takes me 5 minutes to do groceries from my couch. I also get drugstore items online at Soap.com. Both sites have apps, which I love – I’ve been known to do the groceries on my phone while walking back home from the subway.

The online destinations that inspire you?  Design Taxi, Smitten Kitchen, Cool Mom Picks (and Tech), Spootnik, Brooklyn Exposed… Twitter!

What are your main current concerns?  Gun control and equal rights. Yes and yes.

The product/purchase that changed your life? I was firmly opposed to getting an iPhone, and now I can’t function without it. My kids now think any phone should do video calls.

Do you have a big dream and if so what is it?  I would love to continue growing Brooklyn Makers and be able to add new talent. Also, spend a summer in Paris. Sans kids.

Something that you did in your childhood that you makes you laugh today?  As a little girl I would put myself on a time out whenever I thought I needed one, which amused my parents. I’m amused myself now to report that my younger son, Marco, does the same thing.

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