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Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day

Today at 7:00 pm in all time zones, families around the United States will light candles in memory all of the precious babies who have been lost during pregnancy or in infancy.  Too many families grieve in silence, sometimes never coming to terms with their loss.

If you or someone you know has suffered a miscarriage, stillbirth or infant loss due to SIDS/SUID, prematurity or other cause, we hope you will join us in this national tribute to create awareness of these tragic infant deaths and provide support to those that are suffering.

More information can be found here.

October 15th, 2017|Infant Multiples, Multiples in the NICU, Preemies|

Raising Multiples eNews August 2015

School Begins
Survey: Caring about Multiples’ Sleep
Of Interest…..Potty Training
Back to School Shopping

School Begins

School has begun for many families. Some are beginning preschool, others are leaving for college. Our families choose various enviroments for schooling. Some are home schooled, while others attend private or public schools.  Some multiples are all in one class, while others are split.  Others are even in different grades.

There are many variations possible and all have their merits.  Raising Multiples has much information about schooling, IEPs, special education, home schooling, and others.  Here are a few of our more popular articles and blogs.


 Survey: Caring about Multiples’ Sleep

Raising Multiples/MOST is assisting Case Western Reserve University with a research survey. Elizabeth Damato, PhD, RN , Madeline Haas, and Donna Dowling, RN, PhD are the investigators. Please see below for the criteria to participate.

The link to participate is: Caring About Multiples’ Sleep

We hope you consider participating.

Of Interest..…  Potty training? Read this for hints and suggestions.  You are not alone!

Tricks of the Trade: Potty Training Multiples

Back to School Shopping benefits you and MOST!

Make your  shopping easier by buying online! Save gas and do it any time of day…no kids to take! At the same time you can help MOST. Lots of supplies, clothes and other items are available on Amazon.com.

Or shop through iGive.com. There are many stores that will give a percentage of your purchase to MOST! Just by joining MOST will receive $5. And when you buy something, MOST receives another $5. You can sign in with facebook! Many stores participate including: Target, Best Buy, Barnes & Noble, jcpenney, Macy’s and Staples.


Find MOST on all your other favorite sites:

MOST Amazon Affiliate ProgramFollow MOST on TwitterMOST's Facebook PageMOST's YouTube ChannelMOST LinkedIn GroupMOST Families Group on Flickr

August 21st, 2015|E-News|

Peanut Allergies – Kids Safer at School than Home?

A new study finds that children with peanut allergies are more at risk for accidental exposure at home than at school.

The study looked at 1,941 children allergic to peanuts to determine how accidental exposure occurs, how serious the outcomes of the exposure are, and what treatment is given.

Overall, 37 percent of the reactions took place at the child’s home. Fourteen percent occurred at other people’s homes, and about one in 10 happened at a restaurant. Fewer than 10 percent happened at school or day care, while nearly one-third happened at other or unknown places, the study said.

Schools and day care centers that prohibit peanuts involved nearly 5 percent of peanut exposures, while schools and day care centers that allow peanuts accounted for only 3 percent of accidental exposures, the research showed.

Study author, Sabrine Cherkaoui, of the University of Montreal said, “There are a couple of ways to interpret that finding. Firstly, schools and day cares that allow peanuts may be doing a good job of controlling risk due to heightened awareness of the dangers. Secondly, when peanuts are not allowed, the child may be lulled into a false sense of security, as peanut foods may inadvertently be brought in and shared with the child.”

The study also found that most moderate and severe accidental exposures are not managed properly by caregivers and physicians.

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August 18th, 2015|School-Age Multiples|

Tips for a Successful School Year

School is starting! Here are some tips to help your children succeed:

  1. Attend Back-to-School Night and parent-teacher conferences
  2. Visit the school and its website
  3. Support homework expectations
  4. Send your child to school ready to learn
  5. Teach organizational skills
  6. Teach study skills
  7. Know the disciplinary policies
  8. Get involved
  9. Take attendance seriously
  10. Make time to talk about school

More information on these tips from The Nemours Foundation can be found here:

10 Ways to Help Your Teen Succeed in High School

10 Ways to Help Your Child Succeed in Middle School

10 Ways to Help Your Child Succeed in Elementary School

August 4th, 2015|Parents of Multiples, School-Age Multiples|

Dad’s Moods Affect Toddlers Too

Numerous studies have focused on mothers with either post-partum depression, later depression, or both, and how it affects their bonding and relationships with their children. Researchers wondered if fathers’ depression has the same affect.

A new study looked at 200 couples with 3-year-olds and found that depression in either the mother or father during the first years of parenting increased a toddler’s risk of anxiety, sadness, hitting and lying.

“Parents who are depressed may not make as much eye contact or smile as much as those without depression. The more disengaged parents are from a child, the greater the child’s difficulty in forming close attachments and healthy emotions,” Sheehan Fisher, an instructor in psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago, explained.

“New fathers should be screened and treated for postpartum depression, just as we do for mothers,” said Fisher, who conducted the study while at the University of Iowa. “If we can catch parents with depression earlier and treat them, then there won’t be a continuation of symptoms, and, maybe even as importantly, their child won’t be affected by a parent with depression.”

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July 21st, 2015|Parents of Multiples, Toddler Multiples|