• Tue, Jan 22 2013

Twinning: My Twins Have A Love/Hate Relationship

sibling rivalryHaving twins can be the most amazing experience of your life. It can also cause you to wake up in the morning wishing you were someone else. Twinning offers an honest depiction of life with twins from a mom who tries to keep things somewhere in the middle.

“I’m not talking to you for the rest of my life!”

“You’re the worst sister in the entire world!”

“I’m telling Mommy on you!”

These are things I hear shouted in my house at least once a day. My 6-year-old boy/girl twins are either best friends or mortal enemies, and lately they seem to favor being the latter.

It wasn’t always like this—from the very beginning, Allie and Nick were built-in best pals. When they were only minutes old and being cleaned by a nurse, they linked arms and legs while they yelled in unison. When they were infants lying together in a crib or pack and play, Allie would always reach out for Nick and tuck her hand under his arm before they fell asleep. As toddlers, they were twin room-wreckers, laughing with glee as they emptied bookshelves, pulled pots and pans from cabinets, and scooted around the house on little ride-ons.

The twin-love got a little weird in preschool when Allie was telling me a story and said, “When I grow up and marry Nick…” Whoa, wait a minute here. Where did she get that idea? I tried not to look creeped out when I told her, “You don’t marry your relatives. Nobody marries their brother or sister.”

Allie was surprised and a little concerned about who exactly she was supposed to marry, but she dropped it when I changed the subject. My friend with boy/girl twins who are two years older than mine reassured me that her kids used to say this too, for no other reason than that they didn’t know any better. A few months later Allie told me, “I think I could marry my friend Jack if I can’t marry Nick,” and while it was reassuring, I assured her she had decades before she needed to worry about that.

All through preschool my two got along beautifully—they played nicely together and rarely argued. They loved to draw together, often sketching and coloring for an hour or two at the kitchen table. They were both very social and enjoyed playing with other children too, and I had none of the issues that some twin moms experience, such as having your twins “gang up” against other children, or having one twin exclude the other by teaming up with another child. Like all 4-year-olds, they bickered occasionally, but it was never serious, or anything that lasted too long.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/dustan.hlady Dustan J. Hlady

    Super interesting