Christina Gaines

Roasted Yukon Potatoes

The Voices in My Head Should Just Shut Up and Eat

I love Christmas. I really do. I enjoy almost everything about it. But it’s around this time every year that I begin to have panic attacks. These attacks usually take the form of one of two voices in my head. During the day the voice sounds kind of like a Jewish mother: “You’ll never lose weight if you eat as much as the whole city of Minsk.” “What? Your parents are such a black hole of doom that you have to move […]

Christmas is No Time for Prison Food

As I sit here in my red velvet, ermine-trimmed evening garb, in my fashionably decorated house, I ponder what new recipes to bestow upon my hordes of blog readers. My handsome, perfectly-coiffed (yet straight) “butler” cleans up the remnants of another Martha Stewart-like meal prepared in my fabulously well-appointed kitchen…. (Insert sound of screeching record album here.) Okay, okay. So I lied about the red velvet evening garb. And the “butler.” And the Martha Stewart meal. And the fabulously well-appointed kitchen. And […]

Which Console Is The Best Video Game Console For 7-Year-Old

Getting your child a video game console can be a really confusing purchase for most parents. Unless you’re a gamer, it’s hard to know what the differences are between all the systems. We hear so many negative things about video games in the media–surely it can’t all be bad. Right? Right. Video games don’t have to be all bad or all scary. What you need to make sure your child’s gaming experience is positive is to do your homework and make sure […]

Guest Post: Advantages Of Being A Twin Prepared Me For Fatherhood

Hi all! Big thanks to Christina for allowing me to share my experiences with you. My name is Robert, and I’m new to parenthood (I have an 18-month old daughter), but one thing I have extensive experience with is being a twin. Unless you’re in the middle of a drug-induced bender or you’re a narcissistic douchebag, how many people can say that they became best friends with their reflections? It’s weird, but I think that my “twinness” has helped to mold me […]
The School Years - Achievement Progress of Multiples

The School Years: Achievement and Progress of Multiples

Introduction Time spent at school is an important part of everyone’s life. However, it must be remembered that school is only part of the larger picture of development and the time of most rapid development has already happened in the period from birth to preschool. For multiple birth children, the presence of their co-multiple(s) may bring additional challenges, often starting with the question of whether it is better to keep them in the same class or to separate them. But there are […]
The Pros and Cons of Parenting Classes

The Pros and Cons of Parenting Classes

The Pros and Cons of Parenting Classes More and more parents are choosing to enroll in parenting classes. It could be because there are so many parenting classes out there to take or maybe because today’s parents are more interested in learning about the latest parenting strategies. Either way, parenting classes can be a great way to learn about your child’s developmental stage while also making connections with other parents. That said before you rush off to enroll in a parenting class, […]

PreSchool: Getting Multiples Ready

What can families do? There are many good guides available locally about how to prepare children for preschool and what makes a child ready for preschool. Skills such as knowing their name, their age, basic colors, drawing and counting skills, holding a crayon etc. are not specific to multiples. However, it may be important to assess these skills relative to their prematurity. There are also some more specific things for multiples. The start of school may be too late for parents to […]
Individuality of Multiple Children

PreSchool: Individuality of Multiple Children

A model for relationships between multiples A critical difference between singletons and multiples is the nature of the multiple birth relationship and the impact that it may have on personal, social and emotional development. Central to personal, social and emotional development is the development of the individual and self-esteem. Some multiples are unable to function or develop as individuals; others are so desperate to establish their individuality that they polarise their behavior so that they are the exact opposite of their twin. […]
PreSchool: Comparison, Rivalry & Competition of Multiple Children

PreSchool: Comparison, Rivalry & Competition of Multiple Children

Why are multiples so frequently compared? It is part of human nature to make comparisons and although siblings may be compared by parents, friends, teachers, and others, for multiple birth children direct comparisons can be made from birth without the “excuse” that one of the children is considerably younger. “Relatives and other people are always comparing them. They even do it in front of the children saying other people are always comparing them. They even do it in front of the children […]