Celebrity Baby Blog / David Burtka

Neil Patrick Harris: ‘I’m the Bad Cop’ When It Comes to Parenting the Twins

09/23/2015 at 07:00 AM ET

Neil Patrick Harris has a hot career and a new hit show, but the father of two says the best way to end his day is with a squeeze from his 4½-year-old twins Gideon and Harper.

“There is nothing greater than arriving home before dinner and they run down the stairs and jump into your arms and give you a magnificent hug that doesn’t end,” Harris tells PEOPLE.

“It takes away any upset or distraction of the day.”

Already two episodes into his brand new NBC television series Best Time Ever, Harris has been preparing for months for the one-hour live variety show which had him zip-lining off a building with Reese Witherspoon and doing back flips on a po-go stick in the premiere. But even with a sometimes grueling work pace, the 42-year-old performer finds a way to balance his career and family life with husband David Burtka and their two children.

“We manage our time really well,” says Harris, who calls Burtka “a spectacular parent.” “If we are traveling somewhere, the kids come with us when they can. We don’t stay apart too long and we are a very inclusive family.”

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Why David Burtka Thinks Daughter Harper Is Biologically His Child

05/07/2015 at 08:45 PM ET

Now that David Burtka‘s children with Neil Patrick Harris are getting older, he has a pretty good idea which of the fraternal twins is biologically his.

The actor stopped by The Wendy Williams Show on Thursday and revealed that the answer is all in their personalities.

Burtka, 39, thinks that Harper Grace might be biologically his because, as he put it, “She’s like, ‘Hey everybody, I’m here!’ ”

Meanwhile, Gideon Scott is likely Harris’, says Burtka, because “He’s a little more heady and intellectual.”

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Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka’s Twins Have ‘Incredible Palates’

04/13/2015 at 04:00 PM ET

Neil Patrick Harris David Burtka The New Potato
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Mealtime can get a bit repetitive for parents of young kids, but not David Burtka and Neil Patrick Harris.

“My kids are crazy eaters,” the actor and chef tells The New Potato of his twins, daughter Harper and son Gideon, 4. “They have incredible palates.”

And we’re not just talking about a willingness to try an occasional vegetable.

“Gideon eats everything you put in front of him. His passion for cooking and eating good food is in his soul,” according to Burtka, who says his son loves “clams, sushi, octopus, grilled pork, steak, parmigiana cheese, ginger, mint, cinnamon and coconut.”

As for Harper, Burtka says she likes “briny flavors” and particularly enjoys “oysters, sardines, prosciutto, capers, duck liver, miso, and anything chocolate.”
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Aww! Watch Neil Patrick Harris’s Twins Sing ‘Jingle Bells’

12/18/2014 at 03:00 PM ET

Christmas carolers have hit an all-time level of cute!

On Wednesday, proud dad Neil Patrick Harris shared a video of his 4-year-old twins, Gideon Scott and Harper Grace, showing off their super cute vocals during an adorable rendition of “Jingle Bells.”

“Yay! David is back home and the family [is] all together! Time to trim us a tree,” the actor captioned the clip on Instagram.

Dressed in festive seasonal sleepwear — a red striped set and a matching headband for Harper and Frozen-themed pajamas for Gideon — the tow-headed tots were in the middle of happily hanging ornaments on their colorful tree when they stopped to sing.

Neil Patrick Harris Twins Sing Jingle Bells
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Neil Patrick Harris and His Family Head to a Halloween Party

10/21/2013 at 05:00 PM ET

Neil Patrick Harris and his gang are making sure they’re not late, late for a very important date.

The actor proved his family is already in the Halloween spirit with a picture posted to his Instagram on Sunday, showcasing the foursome’s adorable Alice in Wonderland-themed attire.

“Our costumes for the Halloween carnival at the kids’ preschool yesterday,” the How I Met Your Mother star wrote alongside the photo. Their trip to Wonderland comes following their previous adventure in Neverland.

But while they all played their parts perfectly — Harris and David Burtka dressed up as Tweedledee and Tweedledum and 3-year-old twins Harper and Gideon were Alice and the White Rabbit  — they’ll be switching it up in time for the season’s spookiest night.

“But 10/31 will be frighteningly different … ! @DavidBurtka came up with both themes/costumes. He’s amazing,” Harris, 40, adds.

Neil Patrick Harris Twins Halloween Costumes
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