Though it’s immensely popular in the U.K., it hasn’t made a huge splash stateside yet.

By Liz Steelman
November 09, 2017

Besides his elaborate Halloween costumes, magic skills, and acting chops, Neil Patrick Harris is probably best known to his fans as being a devoted dad to seven-year-old twins Gideon and Harper alongside his husband David Burtka. Though these days he is spending a lot of time in Vancouver filming the second season of Netflix’s A Series of Unfortunate Events, it seems like he always makes time to be back home in New York City, taking part in one meaningful family ritual: bedtime.

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The nighttime routine of the Harris-Burtka clan probably doesn’t differ from that of your own family: dinner, baths, bedtime story, and lights out by 7:30 p.m. “I’m pretty strict with bedtime structure,” Harris, who is partnering with Cigna Health on a preventive health campaign, “The TV Doctors of America,” told Real Simple. “Their worlds are filled with new experiences and a lot of uncertainty, so when they can count on specific things happening [at certain times], they tend to embrace it.”

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If you’re looking for a new bedtime story collection for you and your little ones, Harris has a great recommendation: The World’s Worst Children by David Walliams, a collection of short stories that Harris says contains the same dark sense of humor as Roald Dahl. While Walliams is relatively unknown here in the U.S., he is a massive success in the U.K. Not only is he known for hosting Britain’s Got Talent, but also he has surpassed J.K. Rowling for the amount of books sold in 2017. “We have powered through [Walliam’s books]” Harris said. “They’re hilarious.”

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