Practical tips for nurturing twin individuality

Joan Friedman, PhD Psychologist & Twin Expert, shares advice for parents on a number of good, concrete ways to help develop the individuality in your twins
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Practical tips for nurturing twin individuality

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There are some concrete ways that you can help nurture the individuality in your twins. Get or borrow a single stroller. It is really wonderful to go out with one baby and really nurture the connection, which is very hard to do in the presence of the baby. Take individual photos of each baby, alone, with their siblings, and with the parents. Remember to make sure to give them separate photo albums. Even if you have limited space, get a drawer or a closet, something that specifically holds the belongings of each baby. It gives them a sense of ownership. Also, sing "Happy Birthday" twice. Finally, don't buy two shirts of the same color. That is not a unique gift. Remember, twins are two babies that happen to be born at the same time.

Joan Friedman, PhD Psychologist & Twin Expert, shares advice for parents on a number of good, concrete ways to help develop the individuality in your twins

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Joan Friedman, PhD

Psychologist & Twin Expert

Dr. Joan A. Friedman is a prominent and well-respected twin expert who shares her passionate views and insights about twins and their emotional needs with twins and their families throughout the world. The fact that she is an identical twin and the mother of five, including fraternal twin sons, makes her ideally suited to this task. Her commitment to twin research and her treatment of twins of all ages demonstrate the breadth and depth of her skills and experience. She conducts ongoing groups for parents of twins and provides consultation on twin related matters such as school placements, developmental discrepancies, and behavioral issues.

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