Are you struggling with twins and feeling isolated and alone? Learn why it’s hard raising twins, how to cope, and the encouragement you need to hang in there.
If you’re like my husband, you were ecstatic to hear that you were expecting twins. Double the love, right? But if you’re like me, raising twins wasn’t exactly your plan.
You recognized early on it’s hard to raise twins with double the sleep deprivation. Or that you can’t pick up a crying baby from your stroller and keep pushing it along so the other can keep sleeping. Maybe you’re juggling between putting one baby to sleep in the swing while carrying the other in a baby wrap.
You may have even found yourself jealous of other parents who only have one baby. And if you have an older child, you feel ridiculous for ever considering that one baby was hard.
Sometimes you’ll meet other twin moms who can’t seem to get enough of their double blessing. This just makes you feel worse when you don’t exactly share the same sentiment.
You feel guilty for not enjoying your twins when other couples struggle to conceive even one, or when you hear about children who aren’t in the best of health.
“Shouldn’t I be grateful for my healthy babies?” you might ask.
When you’re struggling with twins
Yes, you should. But it’s also fine to admit that it’s hard to raise twins.
Because raising twins is hard. You won’t always love each moment, and that’s okay. You might only have a few positive moments compared to the demands of caring for newborn twins.
You’re faced with situations most people don’t deal with (“How do I feed two babies at the same time?” or “What do I do when I’m putting one baby to sleep while the other is crying?”). Learning how to cope with twins alone or even with another adult is a challenge for any mom.
And so I say to parents struggling with twins: You are not alone.
Not everyone loves raising twins right from the start. You might not know exactly what to do, but that doesn’t make you a bad mom or that you love your kids any less. It’s just hard work, and it’s okay to have bad days.
So, what can you do when you’re in the middle of struggling with twins?
1. Think how much stronger you are
On your worst days, think how much stronger you are—how far you’ve come, and all you’ve gone through. You’ll surprise yourself with what you can do, from taking care of the twins alone to getting them on the same schedule.
It’s not easy doing everything twice, from changing diapers to loading them in the car seat. Or dividing your attention between two babies, especially when you’re on solo duty. And it’s not easy taking twins out, for something as simple as a stroll around the block or an errand out of the house.
But each time you got through that one hardship, you added another “That was hard, but I got through it!” moment in your back pocket. The more you get through, the stronger you become and the easier it gets.
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2. Caring for twins gets easier with time
With age comes the independence that will free you up bit by bit. Solid foods will replace nursing or preparing bottles, and toddlers will sit up unassisted in the bath. At some point, you can leave the two of them playing on their own while you cook in the kitchen nearby.
Compared to the crazy first few months, taking care of twins gets much easier down the line. And while more challenges are bound to happen more with age (tantrums, anyone?), older kids are simply more independent and less reliant on you.
And as a mom to six-year-old twins, I can say with certainty that those first few weeks and months will absolutely get better.
3. Accept the season you’re in
Perhaps the best thing to do is accept the season you’re in. I found myself feeling more stressed when I wanted to rush to the next stage, when I’d hope life would be easier. But all that hoping and rushing only led me to feel resentful of my current situation.
Instead, learn to let it go and accept that yes, it’s hard… for now. These challenges are temporary, and that life won’t always be like this.
So yes, it’s okay that the dishes are piled in the sink and that revolving your day around four naps is a temporary hassle. It’s not about making a miserable moment perfect, but accepting your current circumstances as temporary hardships.
Somehow, we all get through the challenges of raising twins. Despite the daunting task ahead of us, we come out of it intact and often, better than before.
It starts with thinking how much stronger you are—how much more you can do that you might not be giving yourself credit for. Remember that caring for twins gets much easier with time, especially as they grow more independent.
And finally, remind yourself that this is the season you’re in. It’s not about rushing through your days so life feels normal again, but to accept that these hardships are temporary.
No matter what, you are not alone, twin mama. And that yes, be grateful for your double blessing, but know that you’re not a bad mom when you find yourself struggling with twins.
Get more tips:
- How Caring for Newborn Twins is Different from Singletons
- Moms of Multiples: When Does Caring for Twins Get Easier?
- How to Avoid Excluding Your Non-Twin Child
- Raising Twins after a Singleton
- Secrets to Surviving Twins in the Newborn Months
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