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Introduction to Blog: “Twinning!”

Attention parents of twins, triplets, quads, and (gulp!) more: I have advice for you on how to raise your children in an emotionally healthy way. The good news is that the advice does not come from me. The great news is that the advice comes from twins and triplets themselves!

I interview adult multiples to hear their stories, their experiences, their challenges, and their successes. And I gain their insight into how they were raised — what worked and what didn’t work.

Why would I do this, you ask?

For no reason other than the selfish one: I have twins myself and I’m pretty sure I don’t know the best way to raise them, considering their unique situation of being twins and all. For instance, when each of them is hurt and needs me, to whom do I attend first? How does a child feel when she has to share my attention with a sibling who is *always* there? How does it affect one’s confidence, sense of individuality, and independence when she is constantly being compared to her same-age genetic counterpart?

What can we, parents, do to ensure that our children, despite the fact that they have to share everything (parental attention, friends, bedrooms, clothes), grow up with a secure sense of self-esteem, empowerment, and entitlement that non-twin children possess?

My posts will reflect advice from psychologists, experts, and twins/triplets themselves on what multiples need from their parents in order to thrive.

Thanks for reading! 🙂