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Separating Twins

The headmistress at my five year-old twins' school has asked me if I would like to separate them in September, as they are creating another infant class. Their teacher has said that they are well-adjusted, balanced children, who don't spend all their time together and like to do different activities, but love it when they are put in the same group. I think it would be good for them to be split up, but my husband thinks they should stay together, so we don't know what to do. Help!

Twins will always enjoy being with each and it's sometimes hard for them to learn to live separately. Separating them will help them to develop independence and the sooner you do it, the easier it will be for them. Your children must be ready for it however, know that you are in favour of it and that there is no conflict over the issue, otherwise it will become a traumatising event for them. Take heart from the fact that they will probably be in classrooms close to each other, can see each other at breaktimes and lunch and may even still be in the same group for certain activities, which may not be the case as they get older.

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