April 04, 2011 09:00 AM

Courtesy Scholastic Parent & Child

Perfect playground etiquette isn’t for Alyson Hannigan — or her 2-year-old daughter Satyana Marie!

“I’d like to have a sign for the playground that says, ‘It’s okay if your kid takes my kid’s toy. Don’t freak out.’ It’s to be expected,” the How I Met Your Mother star, 37, tells Scholastic Parent & Child‘s April issue.

“My kid’s going to take any toy she can take, too. Developmentally, she doesn’t understand yet what’s mine and what’s yours.”

However, that’s not to say Hannigan and husband Alexis Denisof haven’t already begun instilling a few valuable traits in their daughter. High on the couple’s list? Respect.

“My husband and I respect Satyana the way we respect each other, the way we like to be respected. The idea is to let her develop skills on her own,” she explains.

“So if two kids are having a conflict over a toy, we don’t want to step in and solve it for them. In my experience, if you let the kids take care of things, they figure it out quickly. Often it’s the parents that have the problem.”

Fortunately, life is often pretty sweet for Satyana, who seems to have inherited her mom’s sunny disposition and sense of humor.

“She knows she’s funny, too. Like whenever she does something cute, she gets this smile on her face and announces, ‘Funny baby!'” Hannigan shares. “If she’s in a giggly mood, and she often is, just the word ‘twig’ can have her going for 15 minutes.”

And while “there are so many” aspects of motherhood that Hannigan is “unfazed by now” that would have once “grossed” her out — including “finishing food Sati has been chewing” and “wiping her face with my spit” — the first-time mother’s greatest victory is often bedtime.

“Lately, she’s really into doing somersaults at bedtime, and that makes it even harder,” she explains. “I have to think, ‘Well, maybe while you’re in this half headstand, if you could just lift your leg, so I can … ‘ You know. One step at a time.”

There is, however, one question that neither Hannigan nor Denisof have quite figured out: whether or not to give Satyana a sibling.

“We hit the jackpot with the first one. If you win the lottery, do you keep buying lottery tickets? Or just enjoy the lottery you won?” she ponders.

— Anya Leon

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