Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Are twins ill-rewarded for what they teach us?

This is a new study about twins in school. While the study was done in the United Kingdom, the results are applicable anywhere.

Here's my favorite paragraph from the article:

The TAMBA report suggests two other failings in the system: it criticizes the policy of splitting twins up by putting them in different classes without taking parents' wishes into account, and it condemns the inflexibility it claims many local authorities show in refusing to allow parents of premature multiples the chance to hold them back a school year.

Read the entire article at

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Parent Power in Placement of Twins

Here's an interesting article I found on a web site that aggregates articles. State Legislatures, a monthly magazine of state policy and politics, thought the topic of the placement of twins in the classroom merited a story in its September 2009 issue.

Now, we can only hope Illinois legislatures read Parent Power in Placement of Twins. It can only help them understand the trend sweeping across the country.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

There's Always One...

Okay, I have one funny story from the IOMOTC convention that I need to share. My co-chair, Dan Bailey, was sitting at the table talking to someone about placement of multiples in school. A woman walked by and loudly said, "I want them to be separated." She didn't stop to talk. She just said it as she walked by.

This made me think that perhaps some people still don't get what we're trying to do. We don't want to keep your children together, nor do we want to separate them. We want to make sure it is your choice.

Unfortunately, we didn't get to tell her that. Maybe next time she'll stop to talk and find out what we're really doing.

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Wonderful Illinois Organization Of Mother Of Twins Clubs Convention

We had a great time at the Illinois Organization Of Mother Of Twins Clubs. It was wonderful to speak with everyone and hear the stories. Some parents are in great school districts. One Mom told me her school district proactively called her to talk about placement for her multiples. Can you imagine?

Other Moms told us horror stories about their struggles to work with the school district.

Interestingly, we received words of encouragement from both types of Moms. Everyone wants to work together to make sure parents are the key deciders in the placement of multiples in schools.

It was great to sit and chat with so many others who completely understand the joys and challenges of raising multiples.

Thank you for making us part of your event.

Friday, October 16, 2009

Tomorrow, Tomorrow

Are you headed for the Illinois Organization Of Mother Of Twins Clubs convention tomorrow? Look for us in the exhibit hall. We'll be answering questions and taking information for our email list.

See you then!

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Need a New Sponsor

With great appreciation for all his work, I'm sad to say Representative Paul Froehlich is going to retire from the Illinois House of Representatives after this term.  He was our champion for the Twins Bill.

Since he is retiring, we need a new sponsor.  If you are interested in approaching your representative, please contact me at slcs48n1 (at)  I can give you the specifics.