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- Language: English
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- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
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Fast forward to 2010. My kids are in school and Amanda Hamm has written her own very funny book on parenting the first year with twins. Like Ready or Not, Double Take offers a positive perspective, which is a welcome contrast from the doom and gloom warnings we twin parents often hear. She's a good writer--surely the entries from Section I were originally written for a pregnancy blog?--and through daily recollections, she presents workable options for parents of newborn twins, plus (in somewhat reverse order via Section II) tips for parents expecting twins. The book is full of humor with a healthy degree of snark.
I certainly prefer this kind of personal approach to that of the popular Girlfriends' Guides which are gossipy and essentially cobbled together from a variety of different peoples' experiences. Perhaps it helps that Amanda (and her husband) and myself (and my wife) have similar parenting styles. Not that we do everything the same, but in terms of managing expectations and spending a lot of time with our children, I think we're on the same page. (e.g., "As long as you are encouraging positive traits in your kids, it's pretty hard to argue that you're doing anything wrong, or that you should necessarily be focusing on any other positive traits.")
My own preferences for changes are mainly stylistic. Amazon's Product Description honestly describes the book as "a collection of essays" and I think it might be useful to carry that to the title as well; perhaps something like, "Double Take: A Diary of My Twins' First Year." And I cannot figure out why the chapter titled, "How to Use This Book" is at the very end of the book. Also, and some may feel this is nit-picky: While I totally appreciate the preference for privacy, if an author is uncomfortable using children's real names, why not pick fabricated alternatives instead of initials only? In this case, reading about newborn twins M and G, toddler J, and older child Y throughout the book made it harder for me to connect with the emotional content of the stories.
But overall, Amanda's advice is right-on and her approach makes this book easy to enjoy. I would happily consider giving this as a gift to friends expecting twins.
[The reviewer was provided with a complimentary copy of the book.]
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