Twins are truly something special. It’s like you’re related to magical creatures; some have their own secret language, and then there are those who claim to have some sort of ESP when it comes to their twin. Plus, isn’t it just magical to have two people who look so alike that one can pretend to be the other? But even fraternal twins are really unique – just being born on the same day, growing up and sharing so many experiences together allow them to have such a bond that’s not common among regular siblings.
Needless to say, twins have really different dynamics – their sense of loyalty to each other is really what sets them apart most of the time, and as parents of twins, you can bet that you’ll go through life not knowing the secrets they share with each other. But if you wish to rear your twin children as healthily as possible and address the common issues that twins face before they even come up, there are books that can definitely help. Here is a list of some of the best twin books recommended by parents.
- “Ready or Not Here We Come! The Real Experts’ Guide to the First Year with Twins” by Elizabeth Lyons – The book, according to developmental pediatricians and psychologists, is very practical and provides real-world advice sprinkled with lots of humor.
- “Raising Twins: From Pregnancy to Preschool” by Shelly Vaziri Flais, MD – The pediatrician/mother of twins took inspiration from her own experiences and her tips teach parents how to simplify and modify their parenting for twins.
- “Parenting School-age Twins and Multiples” by Christina Tinglof – This book has earned rave reviews for focusing on encouraging individuality, fostering positive sibling relationships, disciplining effectively, dealing with one child developing faster than the other, and managing common speech and reading difficulties.
- “Dads’ Guide To Twins (How to Survive the Twin Pregnancy and Prepare for Your Twins)” – This is a top-seller because most dads feel left out. Most of the books about parenting tend to focus more on the role of the mom, but this book reveals how a father can help through the process of child care that they do not normally take part in — but have to, because one parent cannot easily handle twins alone. It provides some other surprising tips and facts for dads as well.
What other books have you found helpful? Please share them in the comments.
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