Guest Author - Julixa Newman
Having multiples is a very exciting thing. However, the realization that not everyone can relate to your situation is not. As a parent of multiples, I think that one of the most important things that you can do is find some people that understand you. I am talking about a community or an organization that will be able to give you tips and even chuckle with you when things are just not going your way. Here are a couple of places where you can find other parents of multiples.
National Organization of Mothers of Twins Club (NOMOTC)
Founded in 1960, the NOMOTC has a network of more than 450 clubs and represents more than 25,000 parents of multiples (whether you have twins, triplets, quads or higher order multiples). It is a non profit organization that is funded by dues, grants and donations. This is the perfect place to start; and you can look up local multiples clubs or even start one if you see that there are none in your area! This website also has a forum and many helpful articles. Their website is www.nomotc.org.
If you are reading this, then you may know that Bella is another wonderful source for parents of multiples! Although BellaOnline.com is full of wonderful articles on a multitude of subjects, very few people are aware that there is also a forum that accompanies every section. There you will find hot topics and posts written by other parents of multiples world wide. It's the perfect place to ask away and give others a tip or two!
Another way to find families like yours is joining Facebook and looking up organizations that have open walls that allow you to post randomly and ask for support. Facebook has millions of subscribers, and you will find that there are several pages full of families with multiples going through the same stage as you are! My favorite page (that keeps things light and comical) is the Stuff 4 Multiples page. There you will find picture contests, great articles and even reminders that you can only do so much during the day! I am a big fan of Facebook and can personally say that I have met many other parents of multiples there that I would have never met otherwise! It's very comforting to know that you're not the only one struggling with potty training or sibling rivalries. Just make sure that you tweak your settings so that only the people that you want see your pictures and status updates.
This one is a little tricky. If you're not familiar with Twitter or how it works, it can be a little hectic. It's like screaming in a room full of people and seeing who is listening to you. You can certainly search for other twin moms and follow them. When you “follow” someone it means that you will get their “tweets” on your feed. Some groups and people offer up tweets with useful links to great ideas, discounts and more! Don't like their tweets? With one simple click you can choose to unfollow and move on!
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