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In 1994, more than 96,000 twin births were reported in the U.S. Regardless of the cause, the shock--and sometimes panic--a woman feels when she hears that she is going to give birth to twins cannot be overlooked. Christina Baglivi Tinglof, in her new book, Double Duty, attempts to guide moms and dads through twinning trauma with tips that will make their life easier. Tinglof organizes her tips into "Top Five" lists and sprinkles them throughout the book. These lists include "Top Five Comfortable Sleeping Tips for Extremely Pregnant Women," "Top Five Bedtime Strategies," and "Top Five Ways to Establish Each Child's Individuality." Parents of twins will note the author's "Top Five Birthday Party No-Nos": One cake--one song; the shared gift faux pas; one guest list; playing up twin status; identical kids--identical gifts. An appendix filled with additional resources, as well as where to get free samples of baby products, makes Double Duty an extremely practical book for ! those blessed with twins. -- GRAND RAPIDS PARENT, October 1998

Mothers of twins hold other mothers of twins in high regard, so the fact that a woman with young twin boys found time to write a book makes her something close to holy in my book. Double Duty, by Christina Baglivi Tinglof, is a fine primer covering a broad range of advice, presenting both sides of the coin on topics ranging from pregnancy to the school years. As we moms of twins know, all twin issues take on a heightened level of complexity. Designed with lots of "Top Five" lists, the text, often humorous and always clear, offers intelligent choices when pondering the panoply of pros and cons regarding things like the safety of twins amniocentesis, bed rest, separate classrooms, to go to work or to stay home, etc. So--how do you go out with two infants or toddlers, or breastfeed for two, or conquer air travel or stop two from crying simultaneously? Presenting the opinions of parents of twins and parenting experts, it's all here without ever being preachy or didactic. In her closing "cliches" (her word, not mine), she reminds us to ultimately "listen to your heart," and her book is long on heart.--Reviewed by Hilary Hartman Kip -- LA PARENT MAGAZINE, November 1998 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Christina Baglivi Tinglof is the mother of three sons, including school-age twins. She is a contributing writer for Twins magazine, founder and editor of talk-about-twins.com, and a “twin expert” for ClubMom.com. She is asked to speak at twin clubs and conventions around the world and speaks regularly to twin groups nationwide and in Canada. She is the author of Double Duty, The Stay-at-Home Parent's Survival Guide, and Parenting School-Age Twins and Multiples.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill; 2 edition (May 25, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0071613447
  • ISBN-13: 978-0071613446
  • Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 0.5 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #551,842 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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As a freelance journalist for more than 20 years, Christina started her career as a travel writer. Her travel features have appeared in the Los Angeles Times, the Chicago Tribune, the Boston Herald, and Westways magazine. Her first travel guide, Northern Italy: A Taste of Trattoria, now out of print, was the inspiration for her new travel series, Chow Italy.

With the birth of her fraternal twin sons and then two years later, another son, her writing naturally expanded to parenting and family travel. Her parenting features have appeared in Twins magazine, LA Parent, Kids and Parents magazine. She's the author of four books on parenting and twinning including Double Duty: The Parents' Guide to Raising Twins, and Parenting School-Age Twins and Multiples.

In 2004, she started TALK ABOUT TWINS (christinabaglivitinglof.com), a website devoted to twins, twin relationships, parenting twins and their siblings.

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43 of 44 people found the following review helpful By Kellie Hart on November 17, 1999
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I am expecting twins and have bought several books on this subject. This was the first book I actually read from cover to cover! It was well organized and informative on the things I felt most important (like how will I shop for groceries with twins?). I reccomend it highly and I believe that it will keep your interest throughout.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Angela Sargeant on August 22, 2000
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Initially I thought this book was great but then realised some of the impracticalities. To suggest that you take your twins to the supermarket using two shopping carts (pushing one in front and pulling one behind you) made me laugh... I can't see how this is possible when you have four little hands grabbing things out of the cart and off the shelves!
There are some really good tips though, such as how to keep the twins amused. Also the section on statistics and twin types was very interesting.
I suggest parents also buy books such as "What to Expect the First Year" by Arlene Eisenberg.
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22 of 26 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 29, 2001
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My identical twin girls turned 2 in September. I bought this book when they were about 4 months old. It's taken me a while to get around to commenting as I've been, well, kind of busy although it does indeed get easier. I found some of the information helpful, some obvious. When I read the comment about the possibility of the two babies crying at the same time discussed as: "Actually that doesn't happen too often..." you could probably hear me close the book. Honestly, with the best care and complete attention, it happens OFTEN! They are two people who want ALL of your attention NOW! It's understandable and still very challenging. Would I want it any other way? Absolutely not, but it's still exhausting and sometimes very frustrating. Twins are not double the experience. It is exponentially harder and exponentially sweeter. More hugs and love and more fuss. My answer to this? Take a deep breath and love them more.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By R. M. Asmundson on July 19, 2007
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If you are expecting twins and only can choose or take the time to read one book, this is the one to buy. As we have a pair on the way, (at a rather late time in life for me, I already have three adult children), I am keenly interested in what is in store for my wife and me in the months ahead. Having now read several books about twins, I would say that Baglivi-Tinglof's "Double Duty" is perhaps the most readable, if not the most in depth, review of events to come. She clearly sets forth what to expect in the pregnancy stage, what to do in preparation, and perhaps just as valuable, what you don't need to concern yourself with on hearing about the upcoming 'doubly blessed event(s)'. She doesn't stop there but also provides a succinct summary of what to expect in the next phases of their lives. You won't regret the practical and straightforward information this book provides. It is also performs another valuable service: calming the expectant parents. So much on the internet focuses on the challenges and potential complications of the twin experience, this balanced view is very refreshing.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Daryl T. Johnson on February 7, 2002
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As almost all mothers of twins, I have read numerous books on the subject. This book is good for a quick rundown on the basics. It doesn't go into a lot of detail, but offers a few basic suggestions. Unfortunately, my twins seem to always cry at the same time. I have tried the two carts (push and pull), it works, as a last resort. It's organized in a very mother, friendly, reading manner. By that I mean, it's easy to leave off on a page while you chase a child, and then pick up where you left off.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Becky Pourchot on August 27, 2006
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This quick read would be ideal for a tired new mom, who needs the occasional quick reference, however as a pregnant mom with a bit of time on my hands I was left wanting something more in depth. Included are lots of "Top Five" lists, quick and easy recipes, and basic survival advice, but the book still feels like a compilation of simple parenting magazine articles. It's hard to get into depth, when you're covering pregnancy through the school years in 191 pages. I recommend this book only to parents who are looking for a basic, light read that summarizes early life with twins.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. McCaa on February 3, 2010
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As soon as I found out I was pregnant with twins, I was on the hunt for twin-specific advice. My other books (What to Expect, Girlfriends Guide) were helpful on a general pregnancy level, but weren't addressing my concerns about being pregnant with twins. Although Double Duty did provide some interesting tid-bits about twins (that fact that 25% of identical twins have "opposite traits" like one will be right-handed and the other will be left-handed) was interesting. But, every time I put down this book I was overwhelmed and discouraged about my future life as a mother of twins. It's enough to be pregnant for the first time, but with twins it's even more exaggerated. More encouragement, more positive reinforcement would be nice. I'm reading this for information and advice, not to feel upset and overwhelmed. A friend who has been through twins recommended Dr. Barbara Luke's When You're Expecting Twins, Triples or Quads. I'm going to pick that one up and hope for something better!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Denise on October 16, 2009
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I loved this book. My twins are now 4 and this is always the book I recommend to expectant moms of multiples as a starting spot. It's a quick, easy read. Lots of practical info, not stuffy and condescending like some others I read. It gave me the courage to overcome my fears of going out into the world alone with my twins at about a month old. I loved the reference section in the back that led to other great resources to check out. It also made me think of good questions to ask of other moms of twins I met along the way. It is a bit light on medical issues.
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