Moms of Multiples: “I Bet You Were as Big as a Beluga” and Other Verbiage to Avoid

In honor of Multiples Awareness Month, the Fort Worth Mom’s Blog asked me to write an article about what NOT to say to parents of multiples.  I cannot express how happy I am with the positive response I’ve received so far.  In this day and age so many families are different from your average 2.5 kid household with one dog and a two car garage.  As it turns out, what makes families unique is also what falls under public scrutiny.  I don’t believe people intend to be rude, but are often taken aback when they see something different.  They really have no idea what to say and they unintentionally offend and hurt others.

A couple of days before my post on Fort Worth Mom’s Blog, an adoptive father published a video about what to say (or not) to adoptive families.  He came up with the rule of thumb, “If you wouldn’t ask it about a boob job, don’t ask it about adoption”.  It’s a humorous way to remember our manners, and it works for a multitude of situations where someone is different.   The video is really hysterical; if you’ve got two spare minutes take a peek!

Here’s my piece, Moms of Multiples: “I Bet You Were as Big as a Beluga” and Other Verbiage to Avoid as published on the Fort Worth Moms Blog.  Please take time to read it, and share with others.  Knowledge is power, right? Happy Multiples Awareness Month!

George and I are developing a thick skin when out in public with the quads and ignore much of what is said.  A friend snapped this photo and later I noticed the woman in the background with her mouth gaping open while she chats on the phone.  I didn't hear her, but I"m certain she was saying, "Gladys, you will not believe this...I am looking at quadtriplets.  Yeah, four babies the same age.  I can't wait to tell Brittany that she's got it easy with the twins."

George and I are developing a thick skin when out in public with the quads and ignore much of what is said. A friend snapped this photo during the March of Dimes.  Later, I noticed the woman in the background with her mouth gaping open while she chats on the phone. I have no idea what she’s saying, but the expression is all too familiar.

 

 

hugs,

 

Amber

 

4 thoughts on “Moms of Multiples: “I Bet You Were as Big as a Beluga” and Other Verbiage to Avoid

  1. This article was great! And funny. Congratulations on being so well-received with this guest post. That’s a great platform for you to increase awareness about life with multiples.

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      • That is one of the best (and most liberating) lessons I’m learning right now. If we can find a way to laugh about it, it’s easier to shirk it off instead of carry it around! Not always easy, but a good goal!

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