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Double Duty: The Parents' Guide to Raising Twins, from Pregnancy through the School Years (2nd Edition) Paperback – May 25 2009


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill; 2 edition (May 25 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0071613447
  • ISBN-13: 978-0071613446
  • Product Dimensions: 15.7 x 1.3 x 23.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 227 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #44,491 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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In 1994, more than 96,000 twin births were reported in the U.S. Regardless of the cause, the shock--and sometimes panic--a woman feels when she hears that she is going to give birth to twins cannot be overlooked. Christina Baglivi Tinglof, in her new book, Double Duty, attempts to guide moms and dads through twinning trauma with tips that will make their life easier. Tinglof organizes her tips into "Top Five" lists and sprinkles them throughout the book. These lists include "Top Five Comfortable Sleeping Tips for Extremely Pregnant Women," "Top Five Bedtime Strategies," and "Top Five Ways to Establish Each Child's Individuality." Parents of twins will note the author's "Top Five Birthday Party No-Nos": One cake--one song; the shared gift faux pas; one guest list; playing up twin status; identical kids--identical gifts. An appendix filled with additional resources, as well as where to get free samples of baby products, makes Double Duty an extremely practical book for ! those blessed with twins. -- GRAND RAPIDS PARENT, October 1998

Mothers of twins hold other mothers of twins in high regard, so the fact that a woman with young twin boys found time to write a book makes her something close to holy in my book. Double Duty, by Christina Baglivi Tinglof, is a fine primer covering a broad range of advice, presenting both sides of the coin on topics ranging from pregnancy to the school years. As we moms of twins know, all twin issues take on a heightened level of complexity. Designed with lots of "Top Five" lists, the text, often humorous and always clear, offers intelligent choices when pondering the panoply of pros and cons regarding things like the safety of twins amniocentesis, bed rest, separate classrooms, to go to work or to stay home, etc. So--how do you go out with two infants or toddlers, or breastfeed for two, or conquer air travel or stop two from crying simultaneously? Presenting the opinions of parents of twins and parenting experts, it's all here without ever being preachy or didactic. In her closing "cliches" (her word, not mine), she reminds us to ultimately "listen to your heart," and her book is long on heart.--Reviewed by Hilary Hartman Kip -- LA PARENT MAGAZINE, November 1998 --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

About the Author

Christina Baglivi Tinglof is the mother of three sons, including school-age twins. She is a contributing writer for Twins magazine, founder and editor of talk-about-twins.com, and a “twin expert” for ClubMom.com. She is asked to speak at twin clubs and conventions around the world and speaks regularly to twin groups nationwide and in Canada. She is the author of Double Duty, The Stay-at-Home Parent's Survival Guide, and Parenting School-Age Twins and Multiples.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kellie Hart on Nov. 17 1999
Format: Paperback
I am expecting twins and have bought several books on this subject. This was the first book I actually read from cover to cover! It was well organized and informative on the things I felt most important (like how will I shop for groceries with twins?). I reccomend it highly and I believe that it will keep your interest throughout.
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Initially I thought this book was great but then realised some of the impracticalities. To suggest that you take your twins to the supermarket using two shopping carts (pushing one in front and pulling one behind you) made me laugh... I can't see how this is possible when you have four little hands grabbing things out of the cart and off the shelves!
There are some really good tips though, such as how to keep the twins amused. Also the section on statistics and twin types was very interesting.
I suggest parents also buy books such as "What to Expect the First Year" by Arlene Eisenberg.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 2 2002
Format: Paperback
The writer is a mother of twins also, very experienced.
Personally, I think this book explained everything I need to know in a very simple way, very easy to understand, from expecting to parenting.
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this is a great book for new parents to be of twins. i reads simply, with information that will solve many dilemmas in the future. You are read a step by step process what is going on inside your body changing it. written with care and love A must read
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