In high school, my English teacher Mr. McMillan always said "write what you know." Well I know kids and I know poop, I just never imagined a story combining those two topics would be published someday. It’s been a little over a month since the release of Multiples Illuminated: Life with Twins and Triplets, the Toddler to Tween Years. This book, and the first collection published a few years ago, celebrates life with twins and triplets. This first-of-its-kind series offers honest insight into the lives of multiples families and provides support, validation, and a few laughs to the moms and dads of multiples community.
At the end of the day, all of the baby gear, developmental activities, and how-to instructional books can’t give what most parents, regardless of number of children, really crave: a sense of normalcy. We’re constantly surrounded by pictures of ideals, lists filled with “life hacks,” and textbook sized treatises offering ten easy steps to being the perfect parent. Sometimes you just need a reminder that the glossy image of perfect children and perfect parents is not real-life. It can be so easy to look at all of that and wonder, “Where did I go wrong?” Is that everyone else’s version of normal?” It can be particularly hard to connect with other families who understand your journey as children get older and those “new babies” communities begin to drift apart. Life is messy, funny, heartbreaking, and complicated and seeing that reality reflected in another person can remarkably reassuring. People have been drawn to stories for as long as there has been language; sharing stories fosters connection and understanding among communities. That’s what makes books filled with stories of real life, written by real people, so powerful.