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Writing in a humorous, take-no-prisoners style, mother-of-twins Heim (coauthor, Oh, Baby!: 7 Ways a Baby Will Change Your Life the First Year) arranges her book into four sections: "Babies, Toddlers and Preschoolers," "Kids," "Tweens," and "Teens." Each section contains practical, thoughtful, and often hilarious contributions (e.g., "The Public Puke") by various writers, none famous but all good at spinning a yarn. There are trivia nuggets (no, twins don't skip a generation) as well as realistic, applicable tips that only a parent of multiples could possibly appreciate (e.g., tandem breastfeeding, telling identical twins apart, tag-team sleeping, mischievousness and conspiracies, when/if to separate twins in classrooms). Book club-style follow-up questions, "Points To Ponder," are designed to encourage reflection and perspective and work surprisingly well. Never sugarcoating the difficulties, Heim, a former senior editor for the "Chicken Soup for the Soul" series, has taken a similar approach here but added more meat. Her winning book will make a worthy addition to the wimpy selection of materials on parenting multiples. Equally applicable to those expecting and experiencing twins; highly recommended for all parenting collections.
—Julianne J. Smith