When I was in elementary school, there were three sets of identical girl twins in my grade. They were even in the newspaper. I remember the picture that went with the article, with the six girls sitting stacked on a slide at our school’s playground. (I never imagined that one day I’d have my own set of twins! ) As it turns out, my school’s meager three twin sets pales in comparison to one Tennessee school with fifteen(!) pairs of twins.
Double Take! Twins Explosion Hits School (video via Nbcnews.com)
With only 611 students at Castle Heights Upper Elementary School, thirty twins really seems like a lot. And of course, where there are multiples, there are urban legends surrounding their conception—maybe it’s something in the water? Of the fifteen twin sets, three have been reported to be a result of fertility treatments, while the rest were ”luck.” “We were in Vegas when it happened…” joked one mom.
Parenting twins raises all sorts of questions that parents of singletons don’t need to worry about. One of those questions is whether or not to separate twins when they reach school age. Do you remember Sadia’s experience with each of her girls in separate classrooms, and then separate grades? Dr. Nancy Segal, who appears in the news clip, was here yesterday at HDYDI to address the benefits of separating, or not, twins in school and to give her recommendations for school policy on twin placement.
And when it comes to befriending other twin pairs, one of the Castle Heights dads jokes that the kids “don’t have a choice at our school!” What an interesting circumstance! While juggling my own multiples can certainly “keep my hands full,” it does make me wonder what it would be like for them to have other twins to relate to. (And can you imagine what it would be like as a teacher at that school?!)
Do your multiples enjoy friendships with other multiples?