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Neil Patrick Harris: I do circus tricks with kids

Neil Patrick Harris is happy parenting is getting less “complicated” as his children grow older.

The How I Met Your Mother Star and his partner David Burtka share two-year-old fraternal twins Gideon Scott and Harper Grace together.

His son Gideon and daughter Harper are incredibly active toddlers and Neil is managing to keep up with them through engaging in carnivalesque stunts.

"We do circus tricks together," he revealed during an interview with USA Weekend.

"They're [also] remarkable swimmers.”

Although Neil loves participating in a host of activities with his tots, the star also enjoys quiet time with the family.

"I love reading books to them … I use different voices," Neil shared.

"I like moments of quiet connection – like giving them back scratches."

Neil is happy that the children are getting older.

The actor reveals that initially it was quite difficult dealing with wailing newborn babies and he can’t wait to have proper conversations with them.

“The first year with them was complicated. They were crying a lot,” he said.

"The older they get, the more I love being a dad. Now that they're talking, I'm really loving the camp counselor end of parenting. I'm all about reasoning. If they fall and are okay but crying, [my partner] David will be the hugger, and I'll be the 'Show me where it hurts; let's talk about it' one. I come from a family of lawyers, so explanation is crucial."

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