Your twins will recognize themselves as siblings–brothers or sisters–before they realize they are twins.
The label of “twins” seems to be pressed upon your twins instead of being something that they naturally recognize and claim for themselves.
The “twin” label seems to be a reference point that is picked up later in life by the twin herself. Yet from birth, everyone else knows your twins as exactly that.
Referring to Twins
You may call your twins “twins.” Their brothers may call them “sisters” or “twins”. Everyone in public will say, “Hey, look! Twins!” However, each twin is an individual.
Our twin daughters knew and could verbalize that they were sisters way before they grasped the meaning of the word “twin.” Perhaps this is because we didn’t call them “twins” when talking about them or to them. We’d tend to refer to them in the third person as “the girls” or “your sisters.”
Twin’s Place in Family
To one of your twins, the other twin has always been there. She is a sister, friend, roommate, playmate, and even someone that everything gets shared with.
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It is easier to explain to one of your twin daughters that she has a sister and is a sister than explain how babies typically only come one at a time and how she is different.
As your twins grow, see if they recognize that they are siblings before they understand what a twin is.
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