Alyson Hannigan: How My Daughter Makes Me Look Bad

12/12/2013 at 02:00 PM ET

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With two children and a role on a hit TV show, How I Met Your Mother star Alyson Hannigan certainly has a full plate these days.

Thankfully, her 18-month-old daughter Keeva Jane is willing to carry the load — literally.

“She’s sort of a perfectionist,” Hannigan told PEOPLE at The Hollywood Reporter’s Women in Entertainment Breakfast on Wednesday.

“The other day, the three of us were going outside after a snack, and I said, ‘Where’s Keeva?’ I went back and she was taking her plate from her little table and trying to put it on the counter, which she couldn’t reach!”

Naturally, Hannigan couldn’t let her toddler show her up. She jokes, “I was like, ‘She’s putting the dishes away!’ She [made] me look really bad so then I went and did it too — I had to.”

But there’s plenty of other family fun activities in which Hannigan — also mom to 4½-year-old Satyana Marieenlists the help of her daughters, including decorating for the holidays.

“My husband [Alexis Denisof] said we should try doing some more homemade decorations this year, so we’ve been doing that as a family,” she shares.

So what’s the hit craft this year? “I made a bunch of pom poms and draped them from a ribbon. Then you tape them onto the ceiling. The kids love it because they try to jump and hit them. It’s a lot of bang for a little buck,” Hannigan says.

— Matthew Cole Weiss

Video Flashback: Alexis Denisof’s Very Special Father-Daughter Bond

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Tee Tee on

I just adore this family! They are a downright adorable family!

klutzy_girl on

I love the Hannigan-Denisofs so much. Such a cute story!

Staci on

That video is adorable!

TG on

LOL! She better enjoy that helping mom clean phase, it sort of disappears for awhile during those early teen years!

Maddie on

LOVE this family, Alyson is hilarious on HIMYM. These girls are too cute!

Andrea on

absolutely gorgeous xxx

Sarah MC on

OK, then. That makes me a perfectionnist too. I ALWAYS clear my dishes …