Alyson Hannigan talks parenting freakouts and surprises

"It's so easy to take a photo with your kids, and now that simple act can help others," Hannigan says of Smiling It Forward. Credit: Provided
“It’s so easy to take a photo with your kids, and now that simple act can help others,” Hannigan says of Smiling It Forward.
Credit: Provided

“How I Met Your Mother” star Alyson Hannigan freaked out when her oldest daughter – Satyana, now 4 – started teething. “I had no idea what was wrong,” she tells us. “She was just crying all the time and miserable. I took her to the pediatrician and he literally told me all I had to do was give her some Tylenol and it would take her pain away. It was that easy.”

It’s part of the reason why she teamed up with the medicine brand for Smiling It Forward. Parents can upload a photo of their little one to SmilingItForward.com, and for each photo uploaded Tylenol will donate $1 to the Children’s Health Fund, a national nonprofit that gives free healthcare to kids who need it. We talked to Hannigan about some of the other surprises – besides teething – parenting brings.

You have two daughters, Satyana, 4, and Keeva, 1. What is Satyana into right now?

Oh, goodness. Right now, we’re very crafty because of the holidays. We’ve been crafting a lot of decorations. And she loves it when I read to her. The girls have gotten to the point where they play together, which is so heartwarming. Sati also picks out all her own clothes, which is very colorful.

That must be interesting.

Oh, yes. It’s always very interesting and very bright. She’s pretty disappointed if I wear black. I finally got away with it by saying, “You know sweetie, black is all the colors – I’m wearing them all!”

Who do you go to and trade parenting advice with?

I talk to the other moms at my daughter’s school and my best friend, Pamela Fryman, who is the director of “How I Met Your Mother.” She’s a fantastic mom. Her daughters were 12 when I met them and now they’re 21. I’m always asking her for advice.

Which one of your co-stars is the best with kids?

Cobie [Smulders] is unbelievable. She’s really fun and the kids fall for her. Jason [Segal] is sort of scared of babies, but he’s good. He’s just scared of touching them. He likes to keep his distance, but he’s really good with them.

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