Are your twins identical or not?
"You're not calling me by my name, Uncle Ino".That's what the other twin said to me. Denise Rae and Demi Rae are the five-year old twins of my elder sister, Ruffie who raised her children in the city of Manila, here in the Philippines..
Being a midwife, herself, my sister already knew the consequenses of rearing twins, especially girls. She's taking parenting easily before the two arrived in the family. Before, she was used to having a sole baby to take care of. But raising two spitfires, my gosh, she said, is really an eye-opener to her! That's why she started getting tips from other parents who even raised paternal twins (boy and girl) or fraternal (two boys or two girls) ones. She doubled her efforts by staying awake during unholy hours for the twins's feeding time or changing of diapers.
How fast the twins grow! They are now in their pre-school years. No one wants to be left behind during oral reading, seatworks, and even when doing their homeworks.
During spare time in the afternoons, we used to recall those trying times with the twins, minus my brother-in-law who is working in Dubai right now, we identified the likes and dislikes and her twins.
1)ATTENTION SEEKERS. If one of the twins was praised, the other one should be recognized, too. They're suckers for hugs, kisses and little gifts.
2)STUDY HABITS. Preparing homeworks are not easy for them. They should finish it at the same time. If one twin finishes her work ahead of the other twin, the latter will display tantrums and later starts quarreling the former twin.
3)DRESSING UP. I mean not only the dresses they wear, they also sport same haircut style.
4)HYGIENE. They bath at the same time. If one of the twins got sick, the other who didn't catch flu or cold will be easily affected by the former twin. They're really inseparable!
5)TEAMWORK. If one of the twins cried because their older brother or sister played pranks on them, they will find a way to hit back their kins. It's payback time.
The cries and laughters of the twins make my sister's home alive. They can now do simple chores (cleaning books from the book shelves, sweeping the floor) without being told to do so.
The twins used to pluck my white hairs when my head feels itchy. Much to the disgust of my sister who said that when she urged the twins to do the same thing, all they pluck were black hairs (hehe!).
Note: Twins are role players. They always outdo each other. One dislikes the other often, but becomes a team if one is being bullied in school.
Are you seeing double?
Raising twins run in our family (my father's side). We can relate to the experiences by parents out there who have twins. It's both exciting and time-demanding.
My fiancee comes from family who have twins, too. I once joked that if we are married, we should not have twins. How about six in one delivery? I'm sure the legendary swan will not complain.
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