Credit: Jason Merritt/Getty Images Photo: Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka at the 2013 Grammy Awards

All-star dad Neil Patrick Harris isn't ashamed to admit that it took him a while to become the legendary father he is today.

Credit: Neil Patrick Harris on Twitter Photo: Neil Patrick Harris' Twins Harper and Gideon

"The first year with them was complicated," he says in an interview with USA Weekend. "They were crying a lot."

But with the twins now approaching their third birthday this October, things have changed for Neil and his partner David Burtka. "The older they get, the more I love being a dad. Now that they're talking, I'm really loving the camp counselor end of parenting," he says.

"I'm all about reasoning. If they fall and are okay but crying, David will be the hugger, and I'll be the 'Show me where it hurts; let's talk about it' one. I come from a family of lawyers, so explanation is crucial." 

We're sure it helps that it's easier to play with kids who actually know what's going on and can interact more. "We do circus tricks together," the How I Met Your Mother star said. "They're remarkable swimmers. I love reading books to them … I use different voices. I like moments of quiet connection – like giving them back scratches."

Source: USA Weekend