Life with Twins #5—The Toddler Years

Life with Twins #5—The Toddler Years

Most parents of multiples agree that each year with twins become exponentially easier. I can personally attest to that fact now that my twins are two years old.

I once met a mother of twins who was an anomaly. She told me that things only get harder with time. I wanted to ask her, “Why would you tell a sleep-deprived, new mother of twins that?” Now that Faith and Hope are two, I can confidently and vehemently refute her claim. It’s true that every stage in a child’s life brings new parenting challenges. But there is no physical challenge like parenting newborn multiples. Things DO get easier with time!

As children mature, they naturally become more independent and easier to care for. Faith and Hope can now obey instructions. They can express their needs and wants in words rather than just crying or throwing a fit. They have learned to feed themselves, sleep through the night, play together, and attend to family activities such as reading, crafts, interactive games, and outdoor play. My husband, Chris, and I both admit we are now on Easy Street (or at least Easier Street!).

In addition to the increase in parental sleep and the sheer reduction in baby-care duties, there are more “twin moments” with each passing year. Faith and Hope now ask to kiss each other good-night. They hug each other and say, “I love you.” They also like to walk holding each other’s hand.

These are the twin interactions that every parent of multiples dreams about. They are the stuff from which precious, smile-inducing photos are made. Memories of parenting duties fade in the light of these priceless moments. If you are an expectant or new parent of multiples, you have an amazing future ahead of you!

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Khanh-Van Le-Bucklin M.D.

Khanh-Van Le-Bucklin, is Dr.Greene.com’s senior medical content editor. She is an academic pediatrician with over 15 years of experience in health education. A twins health and parenting expert, she is the founder of Twinsdoctor.com and author of Twins 101: 50 Must-have Tips for Pregnancy through Early Childhood from Doctor M.O.M.

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