Raising happy multiples with their own sense of self

Betsy Brown Braun, MA Parent Educator & Author, shares advice for parents of multiples on how to raise happy kids with their own sense of self, separate from his or her siblings
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Raising happy multiples with their own sense of self

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Whether you are raising twins, triplets or quadruplets, it's a difficult happiness. Having multiple children is hard. It takes deliberate, clear, intentional behaviors on the parents. It is not just doubling, tripling, or quadrupling what you do. I believe the key in raising satisfied, content, happy children who are multiple birth children, is to make sure that each of them is raised with their own sense of self. That each child grows to see themselves as a separate entity, separate from his triplet brother or sister, but yet a part of this magnificent thing that they are. It is very special to be a twin or a triplet, but it shouldn't be your identity, and it shouldn't be the thing that you fall back on. I believe that the key in raising healthy, happy, well-adjusted children, is to make sure that each of them have their own life, separate from the others. Secondly, make sure that each of them has his/her own healthy relationship with you, separate of the other children. The rest of it will fall into place.

Betsy Brown Braun, MA Parent Educator & Author, shares advice for parents of multiples on how to raise happy kids with their own sense of self, separate from his or her siblings

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Betsy Brown Braun, MA

Parent Educator & Author

Betsy Brown Braun, best-selling author of both Just Tell Me What to Say: Sensible Tips and Scripts for Perplexed Parents and You’re Not The Boss Of Me: Brat-proofing Your Four To Twelve Year-Old, is a child development and behavior specialist, parent educator, multiple birth parenting consultant, and founder of Parenting Pathways, Inc.

With over 40 years of experience in public and private early childhood and elementary education, Betsy has directed and founded school programs, taught in both public and private schools, has been a school director, and was the founding director of Wilshire Boulevard Temple’s Early Childhood Center. She holds an MA in Human Development and teaching credentials from Pacific Oaks College.

In 2001 Betsy founded Parenting Pathways, Inc. to provide guidance to parents seeking the skills and confidence needed to negotiate the often-challenging parenting pathway. She leads parenting groups, seminars, and offers private parent consultations throughout the nation.

Her bestseller, Just Tell Me What To Say, in its fourth printing,presents the tried and true tools her clients use daily to handle situations that inevitably accompany raising children ages two to six and beyond. Her second book, and second bestseller, You’re Not The Boss Of Me: Brat-Proofing Your Kidsalso in its fourth printing, is the ultimate hands-on guide to cultivating character traits that are tried-and-true "bratbusters." 

Betsy brings her vast knowledge, sensitivity, and special brand of humor to her parent consultations, to her groups, and to her presentations.

Her parenting expertise has been featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, U.S. News & World Report, Cookie, Family Circle, Good Housekeeping, In Style, Parenting, Parents, Pregnancy and Newborn, Twins, Woman’s Day, and Working Mother, among other publications. She has shared her expertise on the Today Show multiple times. Other television appearances have included The Early Show, Good Morning America Now!, Fox & Friends, Rachel Ray, Dr. Phil,  The Talk, Entertainment Tonight, KCBS, KNBC, and Fox News LA. She contributes to KNX news radio on child development, and has been a guest on countless radio programs nationwide, including NPR. She writes for and has been cited in numerous websites and parenting blogs. Betsy is a frequent speaker at educational conferences, schools, and businesses.

Betsy and her husband Ray Braun are parents of adult triplets.

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