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Compare, Despair!

Dear Annie,

When you have twins, people say, “Don’t compare,” but I’m telling you, it’s nearly impossible not to. You wonder why one is having so much trouble with something and the other one isn’t. How do you deal with this issue of comparing your twins?

Tim C.
Queens, NY



Dear Tim,

Wow, this really is a true statement and very difficult for us as well.  I recently read the book “Siblings Without Rivalry” by Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish to learn more about this very issue.  It talks about the need to focus on each child individually and whatever he or she is feeling, rather than comparing his or her behavior to a brother’s or sister’s. Marty and I have made a vow to really try to not do this, but only yesterday I found myself saying, “Your sister is eating the refried beans.”  I covered my mouth in horror, then rephrased the statement to, “Refried Beans taste good, try them.” I know it’s going to be a major part of our journey as parents to look at the twins as two very different people, (And they really are!) and focus on their issues individually.  You know the old saying—compare, despair!
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Like your family we have twins, boy/girl, that turned three last month. I saw your blog entry for January and it looks like we have something in common, potty training twins. Like one of your girls, my son WILL NOT pee in the potty but his sister was doing well until she caught on to "Bubbie" not trying. I was just letting things run their course but our local pre-schools/mommy day out programs require the children to be potty trained and this mommy needs a day out. Bribery isn't working. Have you had any success?

Sommer

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How often is the telly puppet renewed or replaced?

Katherine Sydney, Australia

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I read in 40 Years of Life on the Street about an incident involving Snuffy's puppet where a sombrero caused the wood frame to collapse on you and Bryant Young. Did they rebuild the puppet after that or did they just make a new one?

Edward

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I just wanted to say thanks for the blog. My daughter Kylie (who just turned two yesterday) loves to ask if we are going to see "the babies." Thank you so much to you and Marty for bringing the joy of Sesame Street into our lives every day.

Kendal and Kylie Montreal, Canada

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I've noticed that there are fewer Muppets and people in an episode now than there were twenty years ago. Does everyone show up on the set for filming days or only certain ones? Who decides who gets to play the Anything Muppets? There are some voices I hear more than others.

Glenda

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