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The Singleton Sibling of Twins, Part One

[This is Part One of a Three-Part Series on the singleton child in a family of twins. What is her experience? How can you make sure she feels special? Part Two will examine this issue from the twins’ perspective, and Part Three will offer advice for parents to avoid and resolve conflicts between the singleton […]

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Encouraging a Healthy Bond Between Your Twins, Part Three

This is the final segment of a three-part series: Encouraging a Healthy Bond Between Your Twins. If you have not yet done so, read Parts One and Two. Prioritize One-on-One Time with Each Child. It may seem counter-intuitive that by separating your twin children and spending alone time with one of them, you are actually […]

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Encouraging a Healthy Bond Between Your Twins, Part Two

This is Part Two of a three-part series: Encouraging a Healthy Bond Between Your Twins. Read Part One here. Parents of twins can help their twin children grow and preserve the twin bond. Here are additional tips: Avoid Labels In this blog post, I discussed the importance of not comparing your twin children to each […]

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Encouraging a Healthy Bond Between Your Twins, Part One

In my last post, I discussed the twin bond and whether it was truly unbreakable. After countless interviews with adult twins, my conclusion is that it’s not unbreakable. Like any important relationship, the twin bond needs to be developed, nurtured, and maintained. Parents of twins can help their twin children grow and preserve a healthy […]

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The Unbreakable (?) Twin Bond

How strong and unbreakable is the twin bond? I watched a movie called De Tweeling, per my father’s recommendation. It’s the story of twin girls whose bond was established at birth in the 1920s and sweetly cultivated in childhood. Then, at age six, they were separated. It was heart-wrenching to watch two sisters who had […]

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Helping Your Twins Form Friendships With Others

In my last post, I explained why having a built-in playmate isn’t always the best thing for your twins. What, then, should parents do to help their twin children branch out socially? Here are the top tips: 1. Schedule Separate Play Dates A parent of toddler-age twins will find it simply impossible to schedule separate […]

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Yes, Your Kid has a Built-In Playmate, But That’s not Always a Good Thing

As a parent of twins, you’ve probably felt grateful that your kids have a built-in playmate. Once your kids reached toddlerhood, it became clear that you didn’t have to spend every second entertaining them or scrambling to find play dates for them because they had each other. Having a built-in playmate was ideal, right? Not […]

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Should You Host a Separate Birthday Party for Each Twin?

As if researching inexpensive balloon artists for one birthday party isn’t enough, a parent of twins should now do it twice?! Dr. Joan Friedman, author of Emotionally Healthy Twins: A New Philosophy for Parenting Two Unique Children, strongly advises that parents host separate birthday parties for their twin children. Having a separate party shows your […]