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An RN, RDA accredited cloth diaper circle leader, and mother of twins, blogs about what works for her! Posts include product recommendations, going green tips, encouraging rants, giveaways, cloth diapering and tips to make life easier.

Janice is a winner of Top 25 Moms of Multiples - 2013

Between getting kids dressed, fed and out the door on time mornings can be hectic! What tips do you have for making morning routines easier?

Get as much done the night before as possible! Start the day by letting your kids know what is in store for them. "Today we are going to preschool!" Give narrow choices and have the kids help pick out clothes the night before. If my kiddos are having a hard time focusing on getting dressed, I remind them that they need to focus on getting dressed or mommy will have to help them. They love to do everything on their own at 4 years old, so this helps speed things along.

People often say twins and other multiples have an extra special bond. Has there ever been a time when you noticed an especially unique connection?

When one of my twins is sick, the other is very good about helping out and making sure the sick twin is well taken care of. It's very sweet. I love the hugs before bedtime and the little random "I love you(s)" that they share. They always want to know were brother or sister is if they are not together. It's also entertaining to hear them tell kids on a playground that they are twins when they are asked their age. :-)

What are your tips for celebrating joint birthday parties?

I love making birthdays special for each of my twins. We had a generic 1st birthday but have had fun with themes since then. We had a farm animal theme party for their second birthday, which was at a local farm. We really enjoyed their 3rd birthday with a Thing 1 & Thing 2 theme as well as their 4th birthday with a Pirates & Pixies theme. It's fun to try to find themes that they will both enjoy without too much focus on gender separation. I don't want to encourage the boys vs. girls mentality that happens a lot with young children and I want my kids to learn how to be kind, inclusive and accept differences even if they don't understand them.