Book Reviews

Multiples Illuminated

Multiples Illuminated

  Multiples Illuminated, by Megan Woolsey and Alison Lee I really enjoyed this book and categorize it as a must-have on the bookshelf for parents expecting multiples.  Laid out into the natural flow categories of conception, pregnancy, labor and delivery, Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and the first years, submissions by parents of twins, triplets and more honestly explore their journeys with insight, hints, tips, fears, expectations, realities, humour and ultimately, the joy of having two, three or more babies at a time.  Each author has managed to include the reader on their unique journey in a most delightful and personal way.  In addition, the editors offer...

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Sam and Finn

Sam and Finn

Sam and Finn, written by Kate Polley, illustrations by Alex Latimer, The Oodlebooks Publishing Company Ltd., ISBN 978-0-9930569-1-8 When Kate’s twin son, Sam, brother to Finn, died unexpectedly 12 hours after their births, she wanted to give Sam a voice and this book is Sam’s voice.  Sam and Finn is a gentle exploration of twins who began life together in the womb and while life and a future awaited one little boy, the journey for his twin would very different.  Sam and Finn explores death and leaving as well as nearness and support for those left behind.  The illustrations are simple and will be appealing to parent and child, while leaving plenty of room...

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The Same But Different

The Same But Different By Joan A. Friedman Los Angeles, Rocky Pines Press Joan Friedman uncovers the deeper discourse of twins in what is a uniquely frank discussion of what twins often feel when dealing with each other and the world. It is true that others, including parents, can idealize the twin reality and this can impart unrealistic expectations. To be sure, being a twin can represent a hidden struggle in which the ideal of a soul mate does not always allow for twins to be their own person, carve out their particular destiny and even in certain situations leave the other twin behind. Ultimately, all individuals, twins included, must become their own person. The...

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The No-Cry Discipline Solution

Elizabeth Pantley, due for release: June, 2007, McGraw Hill, softcover, 235 pages, Expected price $16.95 US Elizabeth Pantley has, thankfully, added another book to her “No-Cry” series. This latest one offers discipline solutions for toddlers and children, aged 2 to 8 years. All types of potentially difficult situations are covered such as bedtimes, tantrums, not brushing teeth, hitting, bitting, meal times, inappropriate language use and more. She covers not only what the child might be feeling but also the parent’s feelings. A very helpful section looks at anger, what it means, possible triggers and how our own anger can affect the situation and sometimes make...

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Raising Multiple Birth Children

Raising Multiple Birth Children By William and Sheila Laut, 1999. Although the rate of multiple births has skyrocketed in recent years, many parents of twins and triplets find that they are struggling to cope with the emotional, psychological, and financial pressures of parenting more than one baby. This book by William and Sheila Laut is a survival guide for the parents of multiples. It contains a compendium of tips and techniques collected from parents of multiple births across the country. The chapters include: 1) “Congratulations, and Fasten Your Seat Belt!” focusing on pregnancy 2) “‘Time To Feather Your Nest’–A Guide to What You...

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Mothering Multiples

Mothering Multiples: Breastfeeding Twins, Triplets or More covers every possible breastfeeding topic. A mother of multiple babies may have an assortment of questions.

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