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I ain't scared of no babies!  I have many friends who would laugh at that remark because they saw me get really scared of babies--at least of the first one, the one that comes with no owner's manual.  Vivian Mahlab, Bobby Nelson, Kathy DuBose--they all saw me panic at one time or another.

But I'm experienced now.  I do not, however, know anything about twins.  In the immediate process of caring for them, I've experienced the normal stuff x 2.  Particularly, I lost count of the number of times twin 2 caught me in the middle of changing the diaper of twin 1 with a similar request.

This last year, their mother put the twins in separate preschool classrooms, which sounds like a good idea to me.

In the summer, my wife and I keep each of our grandkids for a week or so until they get to the age that they find hanging out with geezers intolerable.  We are headed into the second week with Taylor, who is half of a set of twins.

I wondered how Taylor would deal with being separated from her twin brother for an extended period of time.  I know now that she remains Ms. Personality and she's only mentioned him a couple of times in the context of what he would think of this or that.

At the age of 4, she has no separation anxiety.  

No judgments about this.  I'm just reporting.

And I ain't scared of no babies!

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  •  T&R for this truth (5+ / 0-)
    have many friends who would laugh at that remark because they saw me get really scared of babies--at least of the first one, the one that comes with no owner's manual.
    Now, pray tell, where do you get the owner's manual for other / additional babies?

    LBJ, Van Cliburn, Ike, Wendy Davis, Lady Bird, Ann Richards, Barbara Jordan, Molly Ivins, Sully Sullenburger, Drew Brees: Texas is NO Bush League!

    by BlackSheep1 on Sun Jul 21, 2013 at 12:40:42 PM PDT

    •  I have an AUTOGRAPHED copy (4+ / 0-)

      of Spock.

      I can't count how many times that book saved my young ass.

      I realize the right wing echo chamber considers Spock the Prince of Darkness who brought the world sex, drugs, and rock and roll.

      I like sex, drugs, and rock and roll.  So did my four kids.  We all are contributors to our communities in one way or another.

  •  Outnumbering them is good strategy. ;) nt (2+ / 0-)
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    postmodernista, ladybug53

    Dwell on the beauty of life. ~ Marcus Aurelius

    by Joy of Fishes on Sun Jul 21, 2013 at 03:05:14 PM PDT

  •  my 3 kids (2+ / 0-)
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    chimene, ladybug53

    are 25 months apart (1st and 2nd), and 14 months apart (2nd and 3rd). They were raised more like triplets purely out of self-defense- if they're all doing relatively the same thing in the same space, you might come out of it alive.

    However, they operate like a wolf pack and always have; we've seen more individualism in the last couple of years (they're now 20, 17, and 16), but their go-to social preference is still that pack behavior.

    Good luck. I've been hunting for an instruction manual all their lives, and never even found a torn out page or two.

    Anyone who scoffs at happiness needs to take their soul back to the factory and demand a better one. -driftglass

    by postmodernista on Sun Jul 21, 2013 at 05:57:44 PM PDT

  •  I am a twin (2+ / 0-)
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    chimene, ladybug53

    We aren't that bad.  :-)   Granted, when we were toddlers, we apparently were quite the handful.  My parents had four kids under the age of 4 at the time of our birth...with another one two years later.  My mom says those years are just one big blur.  
    I do like the idea of separating twins in school.  My sister and I only shared kindergarten and some classes during jr high and HS.  But it allowed us to be ourselves and make our own friends even though in our neighborhood, and family, we were known as 'the twins.'  
    Today, my twin is my best friend, even though we live 800 miles apart.  I miss her terribly.  
    Enjoy hosting your grandkids, they grow up too fast!

  •  I have had two sets of twins (2+ / 0-)
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    chimene, ladybug53

    and I go the other way.  I never forced separation. I let them let me know when they were ready to do things separately. Which of course they eventually did.  But that is my general parenting mode always.  Children do show you when they are ready for new things.

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