In the most relatable interview ever, Neil Patrick Harris described his relief after his twins returned to in-person learning. The actor virtually appeared on The Ellen DeGeneres Show on Thursday when he opened up about his “miraculous” twins, Harper and Gideon who are both 10-years-old.
Who else has can relate? The star shares his two kids with his husband David Burtka. Although there are a lot of precautions in place, both parents are thrilled their kids are back to some sort of normal.
Neil Patrick Harris is happy to have his babies out of the house, but admits still misses them.
“Ellen, I’m free!” Harris declared to Ellen DeGeneres after sharing that his children had resumed in-person learning for the first time since March of last year.
“They’re in school all of a sudden. We’ve been in remote school since March and then the school opened up,” the entertainer said. “As of last week, they were able to be [back], with all the protocols, the masks, the six feet apart, getting tested all the time, but they’re in actual school.”
While Harris is thrilled his kids are back in school and out of the house for a little bit each day, he did admit to Ellen that he still misses them “so much.”
This is not the first time NPH has opened up about his kids’ schooling needs amid the pandemic. Last month, he spoke to People about their remote-learning set-up.
“They each have their own little school room and their own key lights and their own headphones,” he told the outlet. “I feel like they’re in the school of the future — in the present! But they don’t get to go to gymnastics classes, swimming and a lot of the social activities and play dates that they are used to.”
And, like many of us, time spent at home with family members has strengthened his bond with his husband and Harper and Gideon.
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“I think it’s made the kids closer to each other and made us become closer to them in a much more nuanced way,” he said in the interview. “So as challenging as it’s been, I really appreciate the good things that have come from it.”
The most challenging part for the dads was “coming up with new and inventive things to amuse” their twins with.
“As a parent, we don’t want them to be constantly attached to an iPad, and yet with few options, that’s kind of all they want to do,” Harris revealed at the time. “That’s challenging because I really like video games. I’m torn between being the stern taskmaster that says, ‘Nay those screens, you must paint!,’ and being the father that says, ‘Wait, what’s this cool new game, show me.'”
We are thrilled that Harris and Burtka have finally made it to this point. With so many kids finally returning to school around the country, we know this has to be a shared sentiment. These long months have been tough on kids and parents alike. We hope each new day continues to bring us back to a semblance of what we once took for granted.
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