Jess and Jim have three children – Orson (4) and twins Quinn and Aalia (1).

What are your favourite activities to do together?

Our favourite activities to do together are go on picnics, cooking together and going to playgrounds.

What is the first thing you do once the kids are in bed for the night? (Hallelujah!)

Our kids are night owls, so we all go to bed at the same time. On the incredibly rare occasion where they go down before us, we celebrate!

Do you have a multiples parenting hack you’d like to share?

I can’t live without my brestfriend pillow. Even now I use it multiple times a day. Jim’s hack is multitasking, the epitome being jogging with the twins in the pram, whilst on the phone, culminating in picking up our eldest from childcare. We also love our Steelcraft Strider pram. So easy to maneuver and fits everywhere. Our childcare has a clothing swap shop which we hit up hard. Second-hand clotthes are a savior when you have so many clothing changes each day and they grow out of clothes so quickly.


Laura and Ed have three children – Emily (6) and identical twins Connor and Lewis (2).

What are your favourite activities to do together?

We love going to the beach, swimming, golf and playing at the park.

What is the first thing you do once the kids are in bed for the night? (Hallelujah!)

Once the kids are in bed, we usually catch up on all the things we’ve not managed to do during the day whilst the kids or work have been keeping us busy! Once the jobs are done we usually relax with a wine or craft beer and watch a good tv show or movie.

Do you have a multiples parenting hack you’d like to share?

My parenting hack is don’t stress about the small stuff. If everyone’s still in pyjamas at lunchtime then just roll with it!


Carol has three children – Marcus (4) and twins Majella and Adele (1).

Tell us a bit about your family

I am Carol, a solo Mum of three. Marcus is our cheerful four year old boy full of energy and my twin fraternal one year old girls Majella and Adele. My little opposites. One loves people and one is an introvert. My kids are all donor-conceived. The twins came after trying for a long time. Things are happy hectic all the time.

What are your favourite activities to do together?

The kids favourite is jumping on the trampoline. We love walks and playgrounds and my son has an obsession with trains. We go to the ‘ding dings’ (aka level crossing) and Marcus just jumps and jumps for joy every time. We also love to bake cakes and cookies.

What is the first thing you do once the kids are in bed for the night? (Hallelujah!)

As soon as the kids go to sleep at night, so do I. I love my sleep and I find this is the only way I get enough. We co-sleep and I find myself pinned in by a twin on either side and my four year old hugging around the hips. When the twins nap in the day, sometimes I do chores and sometimes just relax and enjoy the downtime.

Do you have a multiples parenting hack you’d like to share?

My multiples parenting hack was to get a demi-pair – usually an international student who can help 11 hours a week in exchange for accommodation. However COVID has made it impossible to find them. Hopefully soon…


Janet and Brendan have four children – Thomas (11) and Oliver (9) and twins Grace and Jack (nearly 2).

Tell us a bit about your family

We are a modern blended family starring Brendan and Janet in the parental roles.  Thomas (11) and Oliver (9) as big brothers and twins Grace and Jack (2 in February) as the joint ‘Heads of the Family’.  These two have us all wrapped around their little fingers.

What are your favourite activities to do together?

Now that the weather is getting warmer and restrictions have eased we love getting outdoors together.  Skate parks and playgrounds are our favourites as it keeps everyone happy.

What is the first thing you do once the kids are in bed for the night? (Hallelujah!)

Once the house is quiet and all the kids are down, honestly I (mum) am down too.  The older boys are night owls! Brendan and I enjoy relaxing on the couch and if we can gather enough energy we chat rather than grunt at one another.

Do you have a multiples parenting hack you’d like to share?

When they’re newborns/babies try not to look/think too far ahead.  Just take it one feed at a time with them and be kind to yourself.  Also, get a comfortable pram that you enjoy using and try to get out for a walk – the fresh air does amazing things for us all.


Stephanie and Dave have four children – Bennet (16), Juliet and Escher (2) and Huxley (3 months).

Tell us a bit about your family

We have four kids.  Bennet is 16, Juliet and Escher are two and Huxley is three months old.

What are your favourite activities to do together?

Before the twins came along, the three off us loved travelling the world.  This is on hold for a while obviously, however global pandemic aside, I just can’t imagine a long haul flight with so many little kids! Right now we love going to the park and watching Bluey.

What is the first thing you do once the kids are in bed for the night? (Hallelujah!)

Nothing exciting here! We go to bed once the kids go to bed around 7/8pm.  Huxley is up once or twice for a feed and Escher can take up to an hour to settle for bed so we are exhausted.  On the rare chance we are half awake we have watched a few cool series – Ray Donovan, The Alienist and Once upon a time have been firm favourites. 

Do you have a multiples parenting hack you’d like to share?

Our ‘must do’ has been to keep them in sync sleep wise, if not there was zero down time.

Can you tell us a bit about your experience in becoming a milk donor? 

Due to latching issues I ended up exclusively expressing for the twins.  This time around I was sure I would have no issues direct feeding just like my first son.  However, this was not to be, and very soon my freezer was overflowing with expressed milk! Kate Nicolaou suggested a Facebook group called Human Milk For Human Babies and I posted an ad for the stash of milk I had. 

I ended up chatting to a dad in the northern suburbs who had premmie twins a few weeks older than Huxley.  Three months later we catch-up fortnightly and I hand over around six litres of milk and he keeps me updated with pictures and growth stats of their gorgeous healthy boys. It’s been such a rewarding experience seeing them thrive on my milk, as well as my own son who is growing so fast.  Part of the joy of donating something so precious is that we were recipients of donor eggs for the three youngest kids, so it’s nice to be able to help out another family in a similar way.


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Meagan and Michael have 2.5 year old twin boys, Noah and Finn.

What is your favourite activity with the the family pre-iso times?

Travelling down the great Ocean Road, stopping at random places also visiting friends in Barwon Heads for barbeques and beach hangs. And now in iso? Bike riding and visiting diff places with our one hour. Beach, botanical gardens, Newport Lakes.

What is the first thing you do once the kids are in bed for the night? (Hallelujah!)

We don’t often eat with the twins yet so we have dinner once they go to sleep and then we have a chat about all the things and sometimes watch a show together… also wine, we drink wine!

Do you have a multiples parenting hack you’d like to share?

Things change SO much, so as much as routines are essential, I think just day by day is how I tackle things. I have two very loud, wild, rambunctious boys, one day one is teething and the next day the other is, so you just have to rolllll with it. But more literally, I’m all about buying TWO of everything. They learn to share at 2ish BUT twins will fight over everything, so having two of things saves many an argument!


Zoe and Nathan have four children – Maya (12); Evie (5); Toby and Jude (4).

What is your favourite activity with the the family pre-iso times?

In pre-ISO times we loved heading up to Logan reserve and the beach at Altona.  We would stop and get a drink from a nearby café and hang out at the park, playground or beach for hours.  Altona is such a great community and we would always run into other families from school or childcare and the kids would have a great time. 

Currently, the kids and I are staying in northern NSW so we are fortunate not to be living through the stage 4 restrictions, however during ISO 1.0 we loved going for our local walks.  We would go down to the beach to play in the sand or around the neighbourhood collecting interesting leaves, sticks and rocks.

What is the first thing you do once the kids are in bed for the night? (Hallelujah!)

Once the kids are in bed for the night, the first thing I do is take 10 minutes to lie flat on my back and breathe! Then get up, do the dishes, laundry, cleaning and so on.  I’ll usually listen to a podcast or watch Netflix whilst I do all that stuff though, it makes the time pass faster!

Do you have a multiples parenting hack you’d like to share?

Get involved with your multiples community as much as you can.  There is nothing better than meeting or chatting to another family with multiples so you can eye roll together at all the parents of singletons complaining about how tired they are!