Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Ask The Dad parenting advice column: Don't rush to separate twins

Ask The Dad parenting advice column: Don't rush to separate twins


What do I do if my twins panic when they’re separated? The 4-year-olds just started day care, and the teacher puts them in separate rooms. Then they cry and scream until reunited. The teacher tries this every day. Is such separation necessary, and how do I make them comfortable away from each other?

Read his response

Thursday, November 4, 2010

And Many More....

Happy birthday to Ena Pugh and Lily Millward, who are 100 years and 10 months old today!


Tuesday, October 12, 2010

School District Policies

We're researching individual school district policies. If your school district has a formal, written policy regarding placement of multiples, please send it to us. You can email Shari at slcs48n1 (at) yahoo.com or post a link to this post.

Thank you for your ongoing help and support.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Placement of Twins in the Problem Solver

This takes the placement of multiples on a completely new path. According to the Chicago Public School district, twins are not considered siblings, so if one receives a good lottery placement, it does not guarantee that his/her sibling will get in.

I know. I'm still scratching my head about that logic too.

Here's the whole story.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

What Would You Change About Your Twin?

As a parent, I always wonder what it's like to be a twin. I'm sure there are things each twin would like to change about the other, but I've never known any adult twins well enough to ask.

Luckily, USA Today did it for me. Enjoy!

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Are twins still special?

A story on today's Atlanta Journal Constitution website asks "Are twins still special?" Clearly the writer doesn't have multiples as parents of multiples know they are special. (Take that comment with a sense of humor, please.)

It's an interesting question, though. Given the increase in the number of mutiples, do people still view them as a special package? Or has it become so commonplace it's ho hum now?

Friday, May 7, 2010

Poor Teachers May Hamper Good Students

An interesting new study published in the journal Science looked at the effectiveness of teachers on identical twins. The study showed that bad teachers can do damage to children, even gifted children. It's an interesting look at how teacher quality affects a child's ability to learn. This article on the study comes from Reuters.

Monday, April 26, 2010

To Separate or Not?

I am so far behind with my posts here. There is a lot going on behind the scenes, but nothing to report yet about a new sponsor for our campaign.

There is a new editorial -- To separate or not? -- from the Montgomery News.

It's an interesting read that reinforces our main goal of parents as the best decision makers.

Monday, March 15, 2010

Twins in School

The Examiner.com has an article about "Twins in school in Baltimore: to separate or not?" It offers some pros and cons about separating multiples, as well as information about school policies. While it's not completel applicable to Illinois, it is always interesting to see how other areas frame the debate.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Tennessee Joins the List

With this simple sentence, Tennessee joins the list of states working towards a placement of multiples law.

In determining the classroom assignments of multiple birth siblings, the board of education shall give preference to a request of the parent as to the placement of such children.

The bill passed the Senate, according to an article in the Examiner.

The bill is moving to the House of Representatives next.

Monday, February 22, 2010

Making the Decision About Classroom Placement

About.com has an interesting newsletter about twins and multiples. The last issue I received had a series of articles about placement of multiples in the classroom.

Part one is called Making the Decision about Classroom Placement.

It's an interesting read for anyone facing this decision for the first time.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Twin Study on Autism

This is a topic that many parents are interested in due to the unexplained rise in autism. This is an opportunity for parents of twins to help advance knowledge on the topic.

Stanford/Packard autism researchers seek twins for brain-imaging study

If you are interested in learning more, click on the link above.

Friday, January 15, 2010

The Educational Effective of Forced Separation on Twins

This is a very interesting research paper by Jamison J. Grimes of the University of Toledo. The qualitative study reviews existing research on twins in school and also interviews three sets of twins.

To no one's surprise, the research and the interviews uncover negative effects of forced separation of twins.

This is another study that questions why schools still routinely separate multiples, rather than taking their individual needs in account on a case by case basis.

The first few pages of the study are available for free. The rest of the study can be purchased at the site.