Mothers of Twins



 

What could be more overwhelming than being a first-time mom? Perhaps being a new mother of two or more newborns at once! Tammy Bilbes of San Jose had years of  experience managing kids as a third-grade teacher, but that didn’t prepare her for the  challenge of raising her twin boys, C.J. and Tyler, now 18 months. Bilbes joined the Santa Clara County Mothers of Twins Club and says it helped her greatly. Now, she wants to welcome other moms who need the same support. What’s the purpose and history of your group? Santa Clara County Mothers of Twins Club is a nonprofit group providing assistance and an exchange of ideas for parents and guardians of multiples in San Jose and the South Bay. The club is more than 30 years old and has  approximately 70 members. The Santa Clara County branch will host the club’s Northern California Association spring convention on April 17 and 18 at The Hilton Newark/ Fremont, with as many as 200 moms expected to attend.  What are the benefits and costs of  membership? Membership costs $35 a year. Benefits include monthly meetings, frequent playdates, moms’ nights out, parent-only events, holiday parties and meals for new moms. Members can also take advantage of a book club, monthly newsletter, a library of twin materials, an online forum and access to members-only resources through the National Organization of Twins.  How does a typical meeting run? General meetings are held the third Tuesday of the month near Oakridge Mall in south San Jose. From 6:30 to 7:15 p.m., new and expectant moms discuss topics related to twins less than 1 year old. The general meeting runs from 7:30 to 9 p.m. on a different topic each month. Past topics have included kid-friendly meals, women’s self defense, tips on organization, photography and entertaining children on rainy days.  What have you appreciated most about the group?  The club has definitely been a great support system. The first year as a mother of twins was extremely tough, and it was great to be able to get advice from other moms of multiples. I especially like the forum on Big Tent, which allows me to post questions and receive comments from other members. I also enjoy taking my twins to the family parties and events, which are wonderful activities planned for twins of all ages.    How can a new member join in?  Register for membership or access club forums and calendars on Big Tent:  www.bigtent.com/groups/sccmotc. Responses to membership requests will be addressed from: service-bounces@bigtent.com. (Check spam folders if you don’t hear promptly.) Questions? Email: membership@sccmotc.com. n Angela Geiser is the calendar editor of Bay Area Parent – Silicon Valley edition.

 

What could be more overwhelming than being a first-time mom? Perhaps being a new mother of two or more newborns at once! Tammy Bilbes of San Jose had years of experience managing kids as a third-grade teacher, but that didn’t prepare her for the challenge of raising her twin boys, C.J. and Tyler, now 18 months. Bilbes joined the Santa Clara County Mothers of Twins Club and says it helped her greatly. Now, she wants to welcome other moms who need the same support.


What’s the purpose and history of your group?

Santa Clara County Mothers of Twins Club is a nonprofit group providing assistance and an exchange of ideas for parents and guardians of multiples in San Jose and the South Bay. The club is more than 30 years old and has approximately 70 members. The Santa Clara County branch will host the club’s Northern California Association spring convention on April 17 and 18 at The Hilton Newark/ Fremont, with as many as 200 moms expected to attend. 


What are the benefits and costs of membership?

Membership costs $35 a year. Benefits include monthly meetings, frequent playdates, moms’ nights out, parent-only events, holiday parties and meals for new moms. Members can also take advantage of a book club, monthly newsletter, a library of twin materials, an online forum and access to members-only resources through the National Organization of Twins. 


How does a typical meeting run?

General meetings are held the third Tuesday of the month near Oakridge Mall in south San Jose. From 6:30 to 7:15 p.m., new and expectant moms discuss topics related to twins less than 1 year old. The general meeting runs from 7:30 to 9 p.m. on a different topic each month. Past topics have included kid-friendly meals, women’s self defense, tips on organization, photography and entertaining children on rainy days. 


What have you appreciated most about the group? 

The club has definitely been a great support system. The first year as a mother of twins was extremely tough, and it was great to be able to get advice from other moms of multiples. I especially like the forum on Big Tent, which allows me to post questions and receive comments from other members. I also enjoy taking my twins to the family parties and events, which are wonderful activities planned for twins of all ages. 

 

How can a new member join in? 

Register for membership or access club forums and calendars on Big Tent: www.bigtent.com/groups/sccmotc. Responses to membership requests will be addressed from: service-bounces@bigtent.com. (Check spam folders if you don’t hear promptly.) Questions? Email: membership@sccmotc.com.


Angela Geiser is the calendar editor of Bay Area Parent – Silicon Valley edition.

 

 

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