We would like to ask for your assistance in taking the following survey which looks at the extent to which parents of multiples are able to access childcare suitable to their needs. The survey was created and organized by the Twins and Multiple Births Association (Tamba in the UK) and then later adapted to meet Canada's needs for Multiple Births Canada.
While the survey was set to assist Tamba by using the findings to press the UK Government to make changes to better meet the needs of their multiple-birth families, we believe that knowing the results for Canada will not only provide necessary comparisons for Tamba's work, but it will also provide MBC information that may help us in the future for similar circumstances, and in possible literature written in support of our families.
Thank you for your help and if you have any questions or concerns with the survey please feel free to contact me.
Please share the link to the survey with other multiple-birth parents through your own network, social media and through groups that you may belong to. The more feedback we have from across all areas of Canada the better.
Executive Director, Multiple Births Canada
While we finish off the layout for the Q4-13 issue of Multiple Moments we would like to start collecting articles for the next two issues. The following suggestions for articles for each theme are simply suggestions. If you have a different topic in mind please feel free to run the idea by us.
We are looking for pictures for MM whether you write an article or not to match each of the themes, and if you contribute an article please provide a small bio about you and your family....
Q1-14 –Theme - Living on a Multiple Birth Budget
Deadline: January 19th, 2014
Suggested Topics: Anything related to living on a tight budget for a family with 2, 3, 4 or more children, day to day cost saving tips, travelling on a budget, how to afford all those extra activities that your children would like to do, preparing for college and university, how to afford everything you need times 2, 3 or more, etc.
Q and A for Parents:
1. What have you found to be the most challenging financially since finding out you were expecting multiples and how have you worked through it?
2. What are your best cost saving tips you can share with other families?
Q2-14 – Theme - Best Advice!
Deadline: February 28th, 2014
Suggested Topics: The best advice on anything related to raising multiples - from the way they dress, to school issues, planning birthday parties, parenting skills, developing their individualities, being prepared for bringing home twins, triplets or more, or how to be prepared for dating, driving or all leaving home at one time. You choose the topic or advice that has meant the most to you and you feel could help other multiple-birth families.
Q and A Topics for Parents:
1. What is the best advice you were given about parenting multiples?
2. What is the best advice you would love to pass on to a parent who just found out they are expecting multiples?
If you have any questions – don't be shy! Thank you again to all those who contributed to the last issue - we really appreciate your contributions.
Acting MM Editor