17-month-old twins do not interact..normal?

Dinah - posted on 07/22/2013 ( 3 moms have responded )

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Hi, everyone. I think my boys are pretty normal but they are fraternal and are absolutely opposite. Anyway, we went to lunch with a friend this weekend and she noted that my boys do not communicate with each other, do not play with each other and basically ignore each other. That is true, although at home they certainly drive each other crazy with the usual amount of toy stealing and occasional swatting. They do follow what each other does and copy, but they compete, they do not play together or cooperate. Is that standard for this age for twins? Thanks!

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Sarah - posted on 07/22/2013

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I think sometimes people think all twins are the same. Twins are just as unique as singlets are. Each twin has their own personality and with that comes different ways of playing and interacting and different interests.

Dinah - posted on 07/22/2013

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thanks. everyone seems to think that twins are supposed to have this special bond and secret language...we have zero of that. we have some aggression but have seen cases TONS worse so am not to upset by that. but they do utterly ignore each other, the super sweet one does pursue other kids for play a bit, just not his own brother!

Sarah - posted on 07/22/2013

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Yep that is normal for their age. They are side-by-side playing. As they get older they will start to interact more with each other and do more playing (and fighting) together. Their imagination will also start to develop and the play will take on a new form. (that is when it is fun to sit back and listen :) For the fighting instead of the toy stealing it will be the "I want to play this game not that game."

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