As I have blogged before, my daughter Kali, author of Mom Loves You Best gave birth to twin siblings. They are now 15 months old.
My daughter loves to make photo books. They relax her. She uses Shutterfly– (what used to Kodak Gallery).
She not only made one baby book for each sibling but also has made two-photo books- one for every stage each twin’s life.
Why two photo books? She understands that these siblings are not just twins, they are individuals and their progression through life’s stages is important to capture.
What you have to remember is five, ten fifteen years later those twin siblings will be individuals and want to reclaim their own personal beginnings. A parent’s job and in a smaller way grandparent’s task, is to care about each child’s growth as a separate person.
Each sibling- whether twins or singletons – needs a separate baby book that records their initial bath, their first visit to the doctor, tooth, step and chronicles their growth – their own historical record.
What – you say -are you kidding. I don’t have the time with twins or multiple siblings. If are too overloaded as a parent of twins, multiples or multiple siblings, (which most are), ask your mother or extended family to help.
Grandmothers can come to the rescue of twins, or singletons like the second, third or “ more” siblings, who may never get baby books.
They can rummage through dusty old boxes of photos and mementos, scan pictures and dig out pre school awards, ribbons, sweet notes from kids that never made it into a baby books and recreate the missing chronology as scrapbooks. Many baby boomers love scrapbooking
If you have twins, make two baby books and if that’s too much for you as the parent of twins, ask extended family to help. With single children if you did not make one for the 2nd and 3rd. child, ask grandma, grandpa or extended family to put the delayed and needed baby book together.
Baby Boomer grandparents love their grandchildren and over 50% are computer literate. Not only that, with the genealogy and ancestory.com craze, grandparents can now see the wisdom in keeping family records because many are looking for their own family history on the Internet.