the crazy twin vs. the smart twin

At bedtime one night, P was being wild and I asked him to settle down. He replied, “Sometimes it is fun being the crazy twin, because you can do stuff you’re not supposed to.”

I was puzzled.

“So, are you the crazy twin?” I asked.

“Yeah,” he said. “And G is the smart twin.”

He said all of this with a big smile on his face.

Immediately I knew he must have caught an episode of “The Suite Life with Zack and Cody,” although this is a theme in plenty of shows and movies featuring twins. Ugh.

I gave both boys the obligatory pep talk about how neither one of them is the smart twin or the crazy twin or the anything twin. I told them I didn’t want to hear anything like that again.

The boys have started to get interested in seeing twins on tv and in movies. It’s only been in the last year or so that we’ve met other sets of multiples that look alike — it’s still new to them. Unfortunately I haven’t found shows where the twins are just normal — a little bit alike, a little bit different, and doing their thing without their twin-ness being the main point of their presence.

Any recommendations?

Jen is a work-from-home mom of 6-year-old twin boys, and two girls ages 4 and 8. She also blogs at Minivan MacGyver, where she chronicles the many disasters narrowly averted using only her pluck and the assortment of household objects found in her 2001 Pontiac Montana.

4 thoughts on “the crazy twin vs. the smart twin

  1. The first thing that came to mind was “Maya and Miguel” on PBS. Maya is a little more “eccentric” than Miguel, but overall I don’t remember a huge crazy vs. smart thing. Sad that there aren’t a lot of examples. As groan-worthy as it sounds, some of the Olsen twin movies from back in the day might not have this stereotype (I can’t say I really watched any of them), but boys might not be interested.

  2. I don’t have anything to offer that’s age-appropriate for your boys, since my girls are a couple of years younger. However, for younger kids, the book Just Like Me is a winner. In fact, we just gave a copy to one of a pair of identical twins, for Christmas.

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