Category Archives: Family Life with Twins

5 Reasons NOT to Name Your Twins This

Choosing a name for your baby is an exciting task. But when it comes to giving your twins their names, it can get a little complicated. Not only do you and your partner need to agree on not one but two names, but they both need to sound good together. There’s lots of advice out […]

Summer Reading for Grade-School Twins

Last week I put together a list of books for young readers where the main characters are twins. The reason? We’ve got to get our kids reading over the summer to keep their skills up! Yet it’s not easy especially if you have a reluctant reader. Perhaps if the stories your twins read centered on […]

Summer Reading for Young Twins

Summer is right around the corner and with it comes the dreaded Brain Drain, that rapid release of knowledge from your twins’ intellect. Having your kids read every day is a great way to keep up their skills during the break but it’s not always easy to get them to sit down with a book, […]

Parenting Twins: What Not to Worry About

When you are expecting twins, you have a lot on your mind. Yup, you worry. A lot. You wonder (and pray) if you’ll make it to Week 37. You cross your fingers that your babies will spend little or no time in the NICU. And then when you do finally bring them home from the […]

When Twins Learn to Drive: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

My fraternal twin sons recently got their drivers’ licenses. While they are overjoyed at the prospect of hitting the Open Road without Mom or Dad, I’m less than enthusiastic. Living in a major metropolitan city, driving here is downright dangerous and I’m always worried whenever they head out. I know that every parent frets over […]

“Do They Want to Go to the Same College?” is the New “Are They Twins?”

It’s an exciting time here in the Tinglof household, albeit a stressful one. My twins have finally turned in all their college applications. Now, the waiting begins. This is the easy part—trust me—as navigating a multitude of college applications, brainstorming, writing, and editing dozens of essays, making those midnight deadlines (yes, my boys were notorious for […]

College Application Season: Double the Pressure

Way back when my twins were in fourth grade, they tackled their first research papers. Or, should I say we tackled them together. I say we because the fourth-grade teachers had their students do much of the work outside the classroom, and since my boys were clueless to the nuances of researching and writing a […]

Fun Arts and Crafts Projects Lead to Entrepreneurship?

New research from Michigan State University (Go Green!) suggests that children who actively participate in the arts—from painting and drawing to music and photography—are more likely to grow up to be successful engineers as well as entrepreneurs in the fields. The study says that there’s a close correlation with kids who engage in all form […]

Should I Separate My Twins in Daycare?

Question of the Week: Q: I have been reading your blog for a bit and I have a question. Should I separate my twins daughters in daycare? I have 17-month twin daughters that go four days a week to daycare and share the same classroom. One of the caretakers tells me one twin (Amy) watches over her […]

Best Christmas Toys for Twins

It may only be October but Christmas commercials are slowly permeating the airwaves, and even Costco has nixed the summer patio furniture in favor of wrapping paper, strings of colorful LED lights, and rows and rows of gift baskets. Yes, the holidays are right around the corner, and this year I swear I’m going to […]