Neil Patrick Harris is about celebrate his twins’ 8th birthday with husband David Burtka. The Hollywood duo are busy-bees when it comes to their professional life but they are just as hard-working when it comes to raising Gideon and Harper, whom are turning 8 on October 12, 2018. With just how popular the couple are as celebrities, one might think that they don’t have the time to do much with their kids, but that person would be mistaken. The couple sat down with travelandleisure.com to discuss how they manage to balance their professional lives with their family duties:
“We started our kids traveling early so that the travel element of it wasn’t disruptive to them. We don’t want airplane meltdowns and we didn’t want them to be annoyed by it. Any trip we try taking with the kids we honor the time zone. You don’t want to arrive into a place that’s six, seven hours away and then start your adventures. We’ll add a day or two as a buffer.”
As a traveling parent, I can definitely relate to Patrick-Harris here. When you travel with kids, you really need to take their needs into consideration first and foremost for it to be a fun time for the parent. This next tidbit by Burtka is especially striking:
“We really don’t give the kids their iPads much, until we go on the airplane and then they’re ravenous for control of their iPads.”
I think any parent can relate to the magical power of the iPad. You don’t want to feel like a bad parent for “letting the iPad do the parenting” but, at the same time, it’s almost impossible to keep kids happy within the confined areas of a plane seat for 6, 7, 8 or more hours – literally.
One Harris’ wishes is to take his kids to Japan:
“We actually really want to take them to Japan. That’s our big trip and we’re waiting for them to be the right age. I don’t want them to just be overwhelmed by it all. I want them to be able to process it in a more adult way.”
As someone who’s recently been to Japan, I can safely say that the Harris would have nothing to worry about; Japan is one of the safest and most pleasant countries to travel to. It does get a little expensive however.
From us at Celeb Baby Laundry, we wish Gideon and Harper a very happy birthday!
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