7 Tips for Encouraging Individuality in Twins ...

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Encouraging individuality in twins is so important and should not be neglected.

Although twins can be very close, they usually resent being treated as one half of a unit, rather than as individuals.

It's not always parents that do this;

many relatives buy identical gifts for twins, and passers-by often make comments.

Here are some tips on encouraging individuality in twins

1. Dress Differently

The first step towards encouraging individuality in twins is to dress them differently.

It may look cute to dress them in identical outfits, but it reinforces the message that they're the same, rather than two different people.

If you're given two of the same outfit as gifts, don't put them on your twins at the same time.

2. Encourage Their Own Interests

As your twins get older, they'll start to develop their own interests.

Encourage them to do different activities apart as well as the things they like to do together.

There's no need to push them in opposite directions and not allow them to do anything at all together;

just give them the opportunity to do things that interest them and not their twin.

3. Start Early

Make it clear to everyone from the start that you want your twins to be treated as individuals.

Everyone's bound to be excited about a multiple birth, but even if the twins are identical, they are not duplicates.

It may be special to have twins, but from their earliest days show people that you have two different babies, not two clones.

4. Different Haircuts

One way to help your twins become individuals is to give them different hairstyles.

This will especially be appreciated by teachers, so that they can tell the twins apart!2

We've all heard the stories about identical twins playing tricks by pretending to be the other;

even non-identical twins can be so similar that it's difficult to tell them apart.

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