Importance of individuating triplets

Julie Gillespie, Author & Triplet Mom, shares advice shares advice for parents of triplets on the importance encouraging individuation and some possible ways for parents to do so
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Importance of individuating triplets

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It is important to expect that your 3 kids are going to have very different personalities, just like 3 siblings would. Unless they're identical, which only happens in like 1 in 700,000 triplets pregnancies. The way to encourage individuation is to provide them with different activities. Now this would be a nightmare, if say, one of them went to baseball practice, and one of them went to soccer and one of them went to gymnastics all in the same day. One of the moms found a really great sport, the swim team. She had them all go to swim practice together, but it came time to compete, they had different events. They wouldn't all compete doing the butterfly, they all had different races. And they would cheer each other on and yet not compete; and they had the chance to develop those individual talents. In school, a way to do that is to separate them. But you may not always be able to do that if it's a small school or a private school. So you do the best you can. Just keep in mind that people are always going to ask if they're alike. And your response is, "Why would they be? They're all different."

Julie Gillespie, Author & Triplet Mom, shares advice shares advice for parents of triplets on the importance encouraging individuation and some possible ways for parents to do so

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Julie Gillespie

Author & Triplet Mom

Julie Reynolds-Gillespie, DPT, a mother of multiples, physical therapist, teacher and writer, is a graduate of Mt. St. Mary’s College and the University of Southern California. She has been a physical therapist who specializes in Women’s Health for 28 years. Currently she has a physical therapy practice in Santa Monica and works at Fusion Physical Therapy in Los Angeles.

Julie is a co-author of The Pelvic Floor.  Most recently she’s published Magical Multiple Moments. This book is a culmination of a five-year project where Julie interviewed over 250 parents of multiples and polled their advice about raising happy, healthy twins and triplets.  

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