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10+ Neil Patrick Harris Quotes On The Joys Of Fatherhood

NPH and husband David Burtka are the father of twins Harper Grace and Gideon Scott Burtka-Harris.

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To the world, he may be Neil Patrick Harris, but to his kids, he's just Papa. The father of two is all about that twin life! In celebration of the iconic dad turning 49, check out some of his best quotes on fatherhood, paired with super cute pics of his family. HBD to the one-and-only NPH!

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You have to be adaptable because [your kids] constantly keep changing. They'll do something that blows your mind and then they'll spit all their food out on the carpet.

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Parents need to be more accepting of who their kids are and less concerned about what society thinks they need to be.

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I always thought I'd make a good parent, but I was single and led a solitary life for many, many years. Then I met David, and he had experience with kids and wanted to have a family, too.

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I need to stop carving out four-hour chunks to do random things and go home and watch my children grow up.

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They [the children] dictate and they change so much, so you just have to go with the flow more and be present and not have big expectations and be amused all the time.

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Harper has a big personality. When she was three, you catch her singing Miley Cyrus' 'Wrecking Ball,' a song nobody should sing until they're at least dead.

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The tots both started laughing. On the same day. I'm now obsessed with getting them to do it. Babies laughing is like opium.

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I've gotten to hang out with Elmo; I'm the Fairy Shoeperson on Sesame Street. So hopefully our kids will get to see and hear me as much as they're able.

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Before babies, I worked very hard to make sure I understood my surroundings and figured out where I fit in the world, whether it was at work or whether it was in a social situation. And with kids, you just can't.

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I don't know, but I think kids just want to be listened to, so I want to make sure I do that.

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Happy 11th Birthday, Harper and Gideon. You continue to illuminate our world with your spirits, and are growing into truly remarkable people.

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My parenting skills are both terrible and amazing. Having children makes you grow in a thousand different directions, and I am just so thankful to my kids for all of it.

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