Advice from a gay father on raising twin boys

Songwriter and producer Desmond Child discusses his experiences raising twin boys as part of a same-sex couple
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Advice from a gay father on raising twin boys

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Having twins is a real challenge because you want to make sure that you're dividing your time equally between them so one of them doesn't feel like they're not getting as much as the other one. And our sons are 11 ½ now, so it's always about, oh, you gave him more than me. He got one more present than I did. And so we always have to have duplicates of every gift. And that's the way you do it with twins. We make it a point of taking the twins in separate trips together. And I brought Nyro to Los Angeles to attend the bar mitzvah of a friend of ours. And we stayed at the Beverly Hills hotel ordering room service, watching inappropriate movies like Identity Thief, which we had to stop in the middle. And so it's very important to bond separately, because they're always kind of one person. So when one's happy the other one is sad. When one is frenetic the other one is lazy. They're like that. So it's good to do separate things with them all the time.

Songwriter and producer Desmond Child discusses his experiences raising twin boys as part of a same-sex couple

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Desmond Child

Songwriter & Producer

For nearly 4 decades, songwriter/producer Desmond Child has reigned as one of music’s most successful creative forces.  His list of accolades includes Grammy awards, 70 Top 50 singles, and songs that have sold over 300 million albums worldwide.  Child’s career has been highlighted by a stunning array of diversity from Bon Jovi and Aerosmith to Ricky Martin, Alice Cooper, KISS and Katy Perry.   Despite having worked for nearly 40 years as a writer, producer, and artist, Child remains energized and enthusiastic.  TWO: The Story of Roman and Nyro documents the 12-year journey of Desmond and his lifelong partner of 24 years, Curtis Shaw, and the extraordinary way they met and connected with Angela Whittaker, the woman who would carry their twin sons, Roman and Nyro, into the world.  From preconception through the boy’s first 10 years, TWO is the personal and powerful story of these unique individuals whose lives become inextricably woven together in magical and unexpected ways.  TWO is a testament to the universal power and ultimate triumph of love – that it is love that makes a family, affirming that modern families may be modern in their making, but timelessly human at their core.

 

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