Twin Sense

A Sanity-Saving Guide to Raising Twins -- From Pregnancy Through the First Year

 Twin Sense

Author: Dagmara Scalise
Pub Date: September 2008
Print Edition: $15.00
Print ISBN: 9780814410660
Page Count: 224
Format: Paper or Softback
e-Book ISBN: 9780814410677

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A Sanity-Saving Guide to Raising Twins From Pregnancy Through the First Year

“There are a plethora of titles promising to reveal everything one needs to know about parenting, so kudos to journalist Scalise for actually delivering a truly valuable, accessible, and witty book that will be indispensable to parents of newborn twins… Highly recommended for all parenting collections.” — Library Journal

Although everyone experiences unexpected challenges with the arrival of a new baby, the parents of twins face their own unique sets of joys and frustrations. And now more than ever, many parents are discovering the stress of raising more than one child. With so many mothers giving birth at a later age—many with the help of fertility drugs and treatments—the rate of multiple births has increased dramatically in the past decade. The odds of a woman having twins today are 1 in 32 according to the National Center for Health Statistics. Despite the fact that there are rapidly increasing numbers of parents and parents-to-be of twins, there are only a handful of books that tackle the complex issues of raising and caring for twins.

An award-winning journalist and mother of three, including two fraternal twins, Dagmara Scalise has first-hand experience in dealing with the challenges of that all-important first year. As she affirms in her latest book, “Ignore that old saying about parenting twins being twice as hard. Those who have been there know the truth: Parenting twins is exponentially harder. Twin babies demand more love, more care, and more resourcefulness.” Now, in TWIN SENSE: A Sanity-Saving Guide to Raising Twins from Pregnancy Through the First Year (AMACOM 2008), she offers real-world advice on dealing with the many issues that arise when caring for newborn twins. Concise and created for easy access and quick reference, this book offers advice on every topic. Unlike other books on caring for twins, TWIN SENSE is organized by task, rather than by broad topic or the twins’ age.

Logically structured, the book is broken into parts, beginning with the preparation for twins, and moving on to managing the basics (feeding, bathing, etc.), leaving the house, and life after babyhood. Each chapter begins with a checklist that both offers immediate help for dealing with a specific situation, including:

• Preparing for more visits to the doctor

• Stocking up on necessities

• Responding to annoying questions about having twins

• Preparing and involving the father of the babies

• Adopting a step-by-step process for nursing

• Making errands possible

• Baby-proofing the home

• Preparing and involving older children for their new twin siblings

• Vacationing with the children

• Encouraging each child’s identity

• Encouraging sharing among twins and their siblings

Filled with lively anecdotes and practical advice, TWIN SENSE is a true insider’s guide that will make raising twins easier and more enjoyable for everyone.

About the Author:

Dagmara Scalise is the author of The Everything Health Guide to PMS. She is an award-winning journalist, researcher, and former educator who has written many how-to guides for healthcare and business leaders. She lives in Chicago, Illinois.

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