The 2015 Multiples NZ Awareness Week takes place from the 1st to the 7th of November.
I have previsouly “outed” myself as a parent of multiples. I have shared with you my thoughts on twins being “Double Trouble” and the joys of breast feeding twins and how I managed gestational diabetes, and have even been crazy enough to talk about becoming a family who own a people mover.
This Multiples Awareness Week clubs around the country affiliated to Multiples NZ are celebrating the fact that parents of multiples make it happen. Clubs will be hosting a range of events from family picnics to bike rides. There are loads of events happening throughout New Zealand to celebrate that parents of multiples can really make it happen. You know you are a twin parent event when you are in the car park. All you can see are people movers and they are chocker with car seats. For a full run down of events in your area check this out.
Parents of multiples make it happen
This year the focus of Multiples NZ Awareness Week is on the amazing mums and dads, who are parents of multiples that make it happen. Twins and triplets are cute, fascinating, exciting and sometimes trouble. And while the public loves to zoom in on the children for all these reasons, behind the scenes are some hardworking mums and dads who in their own amazing way are making things happen.
Whether it be the parents who have returned to work, the solo parents, the SAHM/D, or the mumpreneurs, the list could go on. They all are able to make things happen, and this strength should be celebrated and embraced.
In Wellington, a multiple mum who has been making it happen is illustrator Kate Wilkinson. Not only is she a parent of three year old twin girls, she has also during the last three years found time to illustrate her first book, fitting this in around them playing or sleeping. This her book, Finding Monkey Moon.
Expecting twins or more?
In 2014 808 sets of twins were born in NZ (accounting for about 1.4% of all births) and 11 sets of triplets.
Are you expecting twins ore more? Find your local multiple birth club via Multiples NZ.
Newly re-branded Multiples NZ (formally New Zealand Multiple Birth Association) is the national body that represents 14 local Multiple Birth Clubs and over 1500 families throughout New Zealand. The volunteer organisation aims to provide education, support and advocacy to families of multiples, by providing guidance and resources to their local Multiple Birth Clubs and via the Multiples NZ website. For more information visit www.multiples.org.nz.
Mummy to three small boys