Traci Zeller is a super woman! Not only is she a talented interior designer and recent winner of High Point Market’s Style Spotter Spring 2012 contest, she’s also a mom to twin boys. Whether you have one child or ten, I’m sure you’ll enjoy these tips for personalized kid-friendly style. xo, Tobi
One of the most challenging things about having twins is walking the fine line between nurturing the twin relationship and celebrating their individuality. For better or worse, twins are often seen as a “package deal” and it can be difficult for them, especially identical sets, to form their own identities.
Of course, there is nothing so special as the bond between twins, and we parents want them to appreciate that as well. When I was expecting my boys, several other mothers of multiples shared the importance of twins having “their own things” as well as shared things. It is easy enough to buy two identical blankets, but shouldn’t each twin have his or her own to cherish?
Since my boys have been born, I have made an effort to distinguish their possessions. If they have something that is the same, like blankets or jackets, I often monogram the item so that each twin knows which is his. I also look for items in each twin’s favorite color so that they can identify their own possession at a quick glance. Oh, and don’t forget the practical aspect! If the blue water blaster goes missing, we know Charlie lost his … and he can’t try to claim Henry’s green one.
When designing bedrooms for multiple birth children, I like to incorporate shared space and personal space. Personalized art or monogrammed linens can identify each twin’s area, and the use of each twin’s favorite color makes the room unique to them both. Then the twins can choose what to share and what to treasure as his or her own!
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