Health Tip: Parenting Twins

Help each establish a unique identity

(HealthDay News) -- Taking care of a newborn baby is demanding and exhausting enough, but parenting twins is a double dose of work.

The American Academy of Family Physicians offers these suggestions to make parenting twins a bit easier:

  • Find other parents of twins to talk with, or join a group for parents of twins.
  • Read books and magazines about taking care of twins.
  • Know that you will be tired. Take every opportunity to rest.
  • It's normal to feel that taking care of twins is too much to manage. But remind yourself that you'll eventually work it all out.
  • Spend time alone with each twin to help each establish a unique identity.
  • Speak and read regularly to each child. This may help prevent the delay in language development that sometimes affects twins.
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