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Multiples Illuminated: Life with Twins and Triplets, the Toddler to Tween Years Paperback – July 24, 2017
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"The stories told by parents of multiples in Multiples Illuminated: Life with Twins and Triplets, The Toddler to Tween Years, are both touching and relatable. Raising twins is a new world to those who have never experienced it. As a parent of multiples myself, I cried, nodded endlessly, and chuckled at times while reading the stories told by other parents. This is a must read for parents of multiples."
- Julixa Newman, Founder, Stuff4Multiples.com
"Moving, amusing and informative and best of all, honest. Multiples Illuminated is a refreshingly truthful account of what it's really like to be the parent of multiples. This roller coaster of emotions shows the ups and downs of raising multiples and is crammed with advice to lend a supportive hand when things don't go to plan. A must-have for all parents of twins and triplets."
- Laura Cunningham, Editor-in-Chief, TWINS™ Magazine
"The experience of raising multiples doesn't stop being unique just because the kids are out of diapers. Each year, each age, presents a distinct set of joys and challenges. Multiples Illuminated is the must-read collection that grows with you, as your twins or triplets grow [or: get older]. From the humorous to the psychological, these essays will provide succor and sustenance for any parent of young multiples who wants to know: what comes next?"
- Lauren Apfel, Mother of Twins, Founder and Co-Editor of Motherwell Magazine
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This compilation of 21 colorful anecdotes, honest admissions and helpful tips for multiples aged two to twelve, is a must-read for any multiples parent or parent to be. Each story is the perfect mix of raw, relatable and reassuring. Even the most anxious parents of multiples will feel a sense of relief in knowing that at least one other person out there understands.
At times hilarious and silly, Multiples Illuminated is also poignant and heart-warming, getting to the real deal of this twin stuff, such as the stress it can have on your marriage or partnership, navigating the delicate dynamics of inclusion and individualism as well as the daunting challenge of toilet training two at once. Also delving into such topics as having one twin with special needs or health issues, single parenting multiples and how to handle a world that consistently views twins as one person with two bodies, there is something for every parent of multiples to connect with and appreciate.
I found myself laughing out loud more than a few times and constantly nodding along as each writer's words rang true in my heart. Each story illustrates one of the numerous frustrations and joys of life as a parent of multiples; it is clear the writers dug deep to share these tales in the hope that they will help others – and I believe they will.
This book is a can't-miss for all parents of multiples!
Often, as their twins get older, moms of multiples tend to “lose touch” with the larger mama-raderie, focusing on their own family’s unique needs and progress. Yet the challenges and charms of raising multiples continue; and all would benefit from the extension of shared experience---times two.
Make way for Multiples Illuminated: Life with Twins and Triplets, The Toddler to Teen Years---the follow-up to Megan Woolsey and Alison Lee’s successful first text, Multiples Illuminated: A Collection of Stories and Advice from Parents of Twins, Triplets, and More.
The anthology's candid contributors share their earned insights on life with maturing multiples on subjects ranging from separation anxiety to individuality, mental health issues and more.
Some of the stories are light, and others are laden with life-altering import---all are worth reading.
Get a copy today, and ENJOY!
I loved the explanation that things don't really get easier, it's just different. It's a hard fact to accept but it's true. While it's not physically as exhausting as being up all night feeding babies or changing 9-12 poopy diapers a day. But now we're faced with the mentally and emotionally exhausting tasks of trying to settle arguments and fights were sometimes no one will fess up who started first. Or keeping the fairness/equal balance in check. ALL DAY LONG. Like seriously who care's who went through the door way first! I'm constantly reiterating "life is not fair, get used to it...do you see me crying because the neighbor has a nicer car than I do?!" But I loved what another contributor wrote "Fair does not mean equal; it means everyone is getting what they need." I'm adding this to my arsenal of sayings and will use it every chance I get!
I also LOVED the author who pointed out my pet peeve, the idea that modern psychology views the twin/triplet/etc bond as some kind of disease which the children must be cured of. All the recommendations suggest that if a twin/triplet is to be an individual you must not dress them the same, not have them in the same class room, not have them in the same sports or activities, not share the same bedroom, etc, etc. This notion simply infuriates me. I've seen my kids blossom into distinct individuals despite pretty much sharing everything right down to their underwear. Like an unstoppable force they have become different persons with different personalities all by the age of 6. But in reality, they've always been different. Following through on all these recommendations is unfeasible, unpractical and financially unattainable to MOST families. As the same author pointed out, her method is to simply provide a loving and supportive environment. With this she has seen her twins share a strong bond all the while being their own persons. This is my aim in parenting too. It was very interesting how she also talked about an anthropologist (& identical twin) who wrote that, "identical twins actually have a more finely developed awareness of their uniqueness than do singletons." "Having an identical twin does not compromise one's self at all- instead, each twin enriches both the self and the other." LOVE LOVE this!