Alyson Hannigan Talks Sibling Rivalry Between Her Two Daughters


As we all know, How I Met Your Mother star Alyson Hannigan (who I will forever refer to as ‘Willow’) has just about the cutest family ever. The actress gave birth to cutie pie Keeva Jane back in June, and Keeva is baby sister to Alyson and Alexis Denisof’s first child, Satyana. Alyson recently spoke to People magazine about what it’s like being a Mom of two. Click inside to read more!

People has the story:

An only child herself, Alyson Hannigan had her fair share of fears when she found out she was pregnant with her second child.

But with some encouragement from her parents — and a special present from her baby sister! — the actress’s daughter Satyana Marie instantly washed away her mom’s worries.

“We did a lot of making it a really big deal, like, ‘You get to be a big sister!’” Hannigan, 38, told PEOPLE during the March of Dimes Celebration of Babies luncheon on Dec. 7 at the Beverly Hills Hotel.

“When the baby arrived, we had her give her big sister a big play structure in the backyard. It was a gift from the baby to her big sister and [Satyana] loves it.”

Noting there hasn’t been “one moment where we’re like, ‘Oooh, sibling rivalry,’” the mom-of-two admits there’s nothing but love between 3½-year-old Satyana and 7-month-old Keeva Jane – almost a bit too much of it!

“The other day [Satyana] was hugging [Keeva] so hard I was like, ‘I think her head might pop off.’ I don’t want to be like, ‘Ooh!’ because I don’t want her to have a complex about her sister,” the How I Met Your Mother star explains.

“But I’m like, ‘Oh you know, I don’t know if she can really breathe right now! That might just be a little too hard,’ and Keeva’s just as happy as [can be]. It’s so great.”

Although she may be busy refereeing the tough love tactics between her two girls, Hannigan couldn’t be happier with her greatest role to date.

“My whole world changed for the better as soon as I became a mom,” she says. ”It’s not only the hardest, but absolutely the most rewarding job ever. There needs to be a better word than ‘job’ because jobs you get time off and you never get time off from being a mom.”

Even when she’s logging long hours on her day job, adds Hannigan, who is often joined by both girls on set.

“I’m so fortunate I can bring my kids to work and so my baby comes with me every day and we have a nursery set up,” she says. ”I’m a lot more fortunate in that regard, but I think, just do the best you can and hang in there because [balancing it all is] so hard. There’s always some sort of degree of guilt like, ‘Am I doing okay?’”

This was kinda cool to read because I remember eeeeeverybody warning when I was prego with my second son, Jovelle, that sibling rivalry was gonna be a beeyotch. Although, I had one friend (who also had two boys) who told me everything would be cool if I made sure big brother Jonovan felt like he was a part of something really awesome, and really fun. It sounds like that’s what Alyson did, and it seems to be panning out.

Interestingly enough, a bunch of readers on People are flipping out about how there’s NO way the girls would be having sibling rivalry when Keeva is still a baby. They’re all warning Alyson to wait  a few years before she claims that there’s no sibling rivalry. But for me, sibling rivalry isn’t about fighting over every single Thomas & Friends train on the train table, or getting into arguments over whether or not to watch Toy Story 3 or The Incredibles (all real, daily events in my home). I think that’s normal, but sibling rivalry has to do with a jealous or competitive quality between children. That’s different, and I haven’t encountered that yet either. I also think Alyson could definitely have picked up on something like that, even with Keeva being so young.

What do you guys think of Alyson’s interview? And why aren’t I watching How I Met Your Mother (shouts-out to PITNBR tessa), lol?


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  • rOXy

    This family is so adorable and well-adjusted. Can never get enough of them.

    • Shannon

      rOXy, they’re crazy cute, right? And I always loved that Alyson married another Buffy star, lol.

  • Sarah Brewer

    My sister is almost 3 years older than me, and my parent’s tried the whole “you get to be a big sister!” thing with her. It did not work, lol. When I was born they asked her if she wanted to go see me and she said “no, I want to go to McDonalds”. I think he depends on the kid.

    • Shannon

      Sarah Brewer, lol! Great story. I think you’re right– but that’s kind of what I meant about being able to tell right away, lol. Now I’m curious though– how do y’all get along now?

  • Amanda

    I love this family! So grounded and lovely and just adorable.

    I think the sibling rivalry will develop a little further down the road. I think Alyson’s approach as a Mom is wonderful but there will be some things even mothers can’t prevent. Sibling rivalry just develops naturally over time, but with a parent’s watchful eye, it can be kept under control. According to my Mom, the rivalry between me and my sister only became apparent when she was a little over 4 and I was 3. And it started over something really silly like who got to brush the doll’s hair first. Kids. LOL.