Neil Patrick Harris uses surprising parenting strategy for twins

Neil Patrick Harris uses surprising parenting strategy for twins

Indianapolis : IN : USA | Feb 05, 2012 at 6:30 AM PST
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Neil Patrick Harris is using a new parenting tip while rearing his 15-month-old twins, Harper and Gideon, with his partner, David Burtka. The “How I Met Your Mother” star recently revealed his parenting style to People magazine in an interview, saying that there is a ban on baby talk in his house and the couple prefer to speak to their babies like “regular people.”

"My parents always talked to my brother and myself like we were regular people and not babies," the 38-year-old actor told the tabloid. "So I don't talk down to them in baby talk. I try to talk to them even though they can't speak the language yet."

Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka, who have been together for nearly seven years, are co-parents to fraternal twins Gideon Scott and Harper Grace, who were born via surrogacy.

When asked about the persona of his toddlers, the proud dad said that they have grown rapidly into the cuddly phase and it gives him and his 36-year-old fiancé great delight.

"They're thankfully in the new huggy, clingy, head-on-shoulders phase, which is fantastic. It'll brighten up a sad day every single time," gushed Neil Patrick Harris.

The actor had previously talked about another communication technique that he and David Burtka use on their twins. In an appearance on “The Talk” last month, Neil Patrick Harris explained that they’re teaching Gideon and Harper some simple signs to help express their basic needs until they can say the words themselves.

However, there’s one sign-language they have not taught the toddlers: “Dirty diaper.” Harris said, “I don’t know that you need a sign for that. You pretty much know right away. That reveals itself.”

The “HIMYM” star and David Burtka have taken a weekend off parenting to attend the Super Bowl in Indianapolis. The couple was spotted Friday night at Audi's Penthouse party at the Conrad Hotel.

The popular funnyman tweeted before the day’s events kicked in, "Very excited for a Super Bowl weekend in Indianapolis. Where should I go? I hear there's a big football game on Sunday.”

"I was going to explore the city but there's too many people here," he told PEOPLE magazine later. "I'll probably just read a book. It's madness!" After the Super Bowl, Neil Patrick Harris will return to his CBS sitcom “How I Met Your Mother”, in which he plays the womanizing Barney Stinson.

Neil Patrick Harris was a double Emmy winner this year for his appearances on hit TV series “Glee” and as the host of the Tony Awards.

Michelle Lincaster is based in Boston, Massachusetts, United States of America, and is a Reporter on Allvoices.
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