Okay, here’s a good question: Should you keep birth order a secret?
Twins Birth Order
When twins are born, they’re born at the same time — well, almost the same time. There is going to be a birth order. They don’t come out at the same exact moment. They could be born on the same day, even a few minutes apart, but one child will come before the other. They will have a natural birth order with your twins. Some people may want to keep that a secret, and some people may not.
Personally, we did not keep it a secret, and it hasn’t really mattered for our family. Sure, one of our girls was born before the other — two minutes, in fact — but we haven’t made a big deal out of it. We still take turns with the girls, they still do things together, they still take turns with our family, including their brothers. Keeping birth order a secret is only going to be as big a deal as you make it. For us, and it doesn’t really influence the day-to-day behaviors of how we treat our children. So the fact is yes, one girl was born two minutes before the other girl, and it doesn’t really matter in how we treat each of those girls in our family.
Birth Order Won’t Stay Secret
Your kids will eventually ask who was born first, or their siblings will ask who was born first, or family or friends coming over to visit will ask that question. So the question is going to come up eventually, and you’re not going to be able to hide it forever. And it’s okay to explain to your kids that they were born in a certain order. There’s nothing wrong with that, and as long as you act with respect to each of your children and not treat them differently based on which child was born first, there shouldn’t be a problem of who was born first or who was born last with that regard. The way of working around that, of course, is making sure you’re always taking turns in your family so that whoever was born first doesn’t always get to go first. They should take turns and share, and things will work out better in the end.
This question was originally addressed on the Dad’s Guide to Twins Podcast Episode 41: VBAC with Twins, Activity Schedules, Birth Order Secret.
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