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Separating Twins into Different Classes at School?

My (boy / girl) twins will be entering kindergarten this September. We've been asked if we want them placed into separate classes, or left together in the same class. Need to give them our answer by Monday and frankly, I'm at a loss and have no idea what I should do. If you are a parent of school-age or older twins, can you please share what you did and why? If you yourself are a twin, how did your parents handle it? How did it work out? Other knowledgeable anecdotes and advice welcome. Links to any online resources I can read on the topic would also be appreciated.
posted by zarq on Jun 22, 2013 - 28 answers

When to start kindergarten for a late-November-birthday?

My four-year-old son’s birthday is in late November. In our state, that means we can choose whether he starts (all-day) kindergarten this coming fall, when he’s 4-going-on-5, or next year, when he’ll be 5-going-on-6. I’m pretty paralyzed over this decision. I’m looking for insights, especially those with some sort of data behind them, to help. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 18, 2013 - 43 answers

How did you get your child to stop chewing on their shirt sleeves/collar

If your kindergarten-aged child chewed on their shirt sleeves or collar, how did you get them to stop?
posted by drezdn on Apr 17, 2013 - 23 answers

Taming a wild child

Help me tame our 7 year old daughter before she makes all of the boys in her second grade class cry. [more inside]
posted by mosk on Feb 8, 2012 - 36 answers

Studies that tell us to invest in the very young

I'm looking for research studying the efficacy of parenting classes and/or early education intervention for infants and toddlers (as opposed to programs that target older children). [more inside]
posted by slightly sissy tea hound on Apr 21, 2011 - 7 answers

How can I prepare myself to have a great longterm relationship with my kid?

I'm trying to deal with some familial baggage that seems to be getting heavier by the year and I'm wondering from parents what your perspective is on your kids. How did their characters shape your relationship? If you had a difficult toddler (defined however you like) did that inform your relationship with them as teens and then as adults? [more inside]
posted by amanda on Sep 1, 2010 - 29 answers

Life on the sinister side

Just how inconvenient is it to be left-handed? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 25, 2010 - 103 answers

Sometimes I wonder how I keep from going under

How to deal with a bad aesthetic environment whilst bringing up a child. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 1, 2008 - 27 answers

What made your happy childhood memories happy?

What happy memories do you have of being a young child that make you think either "those were good times" or "that was good parenting"? [more inside]
posted by onlyconnect on Aug 12, 2008 - 64 answers

How can I help my young friend?

How does an adult start a meaningful dialogue with a pre-teen boy? [more inside]
posted by pornucopia on Jun 19, 2006 - 63 answers

What does it take to be a dad?

What is the most important thing your father ever taught you, either explicitly or through example? [more inside]
posted by craniac on Jun 18, 2006 - 98 answers

What's your cool family tradition?

I'm a new dad and I want to create some cool, happy family traditions. What traditions do you most remember and treasure? [more inside]
posted by AgentRocket on Mar 8, 2005 - 49 answers

I need information about how to parent when raised by abusive parents.

I was raised by an abusive father. Now in my early 30's I am looking ahead to the future when I may become a father. I am determined not to recreate the family environment I grew up in but know how these things sometimes turn out -- that people determined not to recreate something sometimes wind up doing so in an unforseen manner. I was in therapy for 2 years in my 20's to work on the issues but therapy is not an option now because of money. I have worked hard not to be my father, but part of me is afraid that I will wind up being like him as a parent. (In particular, I worry about being a father to a son because of my history). I am looking for information about the father-son relationship as well as information about how to be a good parent when you have a background like mine. Please offer advice, books, suggestions - anything that can help.
posted by anonymous on Feb 13, 2005 - 16 answers

What experience most shaped who you are?

Life-altering experiences. Can you point to a single experience in your life, as a child, which you can define as having contributed to the person you are today? (+) [more inside]
posted by jeremias on Feb 2, 2005 - 215 answers

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