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Managing the crazy: Some tips on parenting 2 kids under 2

Published:Tuesday | March 10, 2015 | 12:00 AM
Princess Charlene and Prince Albert appear on a palace balcony, each holding a newborn baby swaddled in white in Monaco, recently.


Monaco has royal parents of newborn twins, and Britain's Kate and William will soon have a second little prince, but will parenting two kids under two be a soul-draining, tear-inducing experience for them like it sometimes is for the rest of us?

Unlikely, but their cushy highnesses aren't completely immune.

Regression and rivalry may rear in older siblings, even royals, as they're expected to be big boys or girls when still babies themselves. Even with plenty of extra hands, bringing home baby number two can be more mega-disruption than bundle of joy to the comforting routine of baby number one.

And logistics, of the non-royal variety, can play out like you're trapped inside a Rube Goldberg machine.

plan of attack

"The very first time I tried to leave the house alone with the two boys my youngest was five weeks old. It literally took me an hour and 20 minutes," said Sarah McNish in San Jose, California. "I had a moment of, 'I'm done. What did I do?"

McNish, whose kids are now eight months and nearly three, persevered with a plan of attack that began before her second delivery. Prince George will be about 19 months old when the Duchess of Cambridge's due date rolls around next month.

"Most of us are not like the royals. We don't have someone to hand the baby to. They have all of the help that they need. For most families, if you're lucky enough to have two parents, one of them is off earning a living, and maybe both of you are off earning a living after a few months," said clinical psychologist Laura Markham, whose book, Peaceful Parent, Happy Siblings: How to Stop the Fighting and Raise Friends for Life will be released in May by Perigee.