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Written by The Twin Source

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The following list of parenting experts was compiled for The Twin Source by parenting coach and twin mom Gina Osher. For more resources and other helpful information, check out her blog The Twin Coach. And be sure to read The Twin Source's interview with Gina on parenting twins!

  • Alfie Kohn, author of countless articles and books on parenting. His book "Unconditional Parenting" was an eye-opener for me and really helped me understand what it means to connect. Additionally, his lectures and writing on education are simply mind-blowing.
  • Dr. Laura Markham, author of "Peaceful Parent, Happy Kids" and the blog Aha! Parenting. Dr. Laura never fails to inspire and teach me. I have yet to find something she posts that I disagree with! Her insight into children's behavior and empathetic parenting are wonderfully helpful.
  • Janet Lansbury, author of the blog Elevating Child Care. Janet, one of the first online friends I made, introduced me to the RIE (Resources for Infant Educarers) parenting philosophy. She has fundamentally changed how I look at babies and what they are capable of.
  • Patty Wipfler of Hand in Hand Parenting. She gave me incredible insight into how to help our children when they act out, but her work especially helped me understand our high-needs daughter. Patty's development of listening partnerships for parents and the concept of "Staylistening" are groundbreaking ideas that can drastically shift the dynamics in your home.
  • Dr. Joan Friedman, author of "Emotionally Healthy Twins." Dr. Friedman is an identical twin and mother of five, including twin boys. This is the one book on twins I always recommend to people. It radically changed how I perceived my twins' relationship and how I parent them.
  • Dr. Dan Siegel, author of a million books (I'm only exaggerating slightly) including "Parenting from the Inside Out" and "The Whole-Brain Child." Dr. Siegel's work on making neuroscience accessible and relatable has been a huge game-changer. To have it be scientifically proven that how we talk to and connect with our children affects how their brains develop, mature, become damaged, or get repaired has shifted the way our society treats children. I know it has changed the way I parent.
  • Melissa Wardy, author of "Redefining Girly: How Parents Can Fight the Stereotyping and Sexualizing of Girlhood, from Birth to Tween" and the blog Pigtail Pals and Ballcap Buddies. As liberated and modern as I might like to think I am, I had no clear thinking about how what we do, buy, say, wear, or promote affects how our girls see themselves or how our boys view girls. Melissa's approach is tough, warm, feminist (but not anti-male), informative, and never dull. She always makes me think!
  • Dr. Pamela Varady, a Los Angeles-based psychologist and mother of twins who specializes in sibling relationships and the twin dynamic. Dr. Varady also runs support groups for parents of multiples; I have been in one of her support groups for the last five years. She has made a huge difference in my life on so many fronts.
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