Parenting advice for Beyonce and Jay Z now their twins are here
If there's a couple alive who can handle the terrifying prospect of twins, it's Beyonce and Jay Z. They're an absolute powerhouse, and there's no reason not to feel supremely confident in their abilities.
That said, there must have been a moment or two where they wondered what the hell they'd got themselves into. When you Google "parenting advice twins," the first page is full of words like horrors, sanity, and freak out. It's not reassuring reading.
Now that Sir and Rumi have made their Instagram debut, we thought we'd pull together some words of online wisdom (from people who actually have kids) for the Knowles-Carters. No need to thank us, unless there's concert tickets on offer.
You won't be shocked to learn that many of the challenges of having two babies at once are alleviated by the couple's wealth. They have a combined net worth of over US$1 billion, according to Forbes.
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GET A MINI VAN
Sir and Rumi's big sister, Blue Ivy, is five. The Knowles-Carter household is now too big for a four-door car, once you include seats for the juniors.
Writing about his experience of raising twins at Pajiba, Dustin Rowles says that if you already had a kid, a mini van is non-negotiable.
"You have to buy a minivan. This seems like a joke. I wish so fervently that it were a joke. But you literally have to," he says.
Is there such a thing as a Bentley mini van? Only the best for Hov. We're thinking they already have a couple of roomy cars on hand.
ASK FOR HELP
It can be tempting to pretend you're all over this whole parenting gig, writes Jennifer Benjamin at Mumtastic, but with twins, that's a mug's game.
"So if another mum approaches us at Target and asks if we need help getting our screaming two-year-olds to the car, we hope she means it, because damn straight, we accept," Benjamin writes.
Two points to address here. First of all, who among us wouldn't be honoured to help Beyonce get the kids organised? Secondly, they're extremely famous, and that means they're surrounded by staff almost constantly.
There's someone within arm's reach of these kids at all times.
GET USED TO STARES
Here's another one that probably already applied to this family, because, well, she's Yonce and he made Blueprint.
"No matter what kind of twins you have, the first thing everyone you encounter will say is 'Are those twins?'" Rowles writes. "People will cross the street to say this to you."
You'd hope that the Knowles-Carters get treated with a spot more respect when they step out, but it's a safe bet they're accustomed to the attention.
DON'T TREAT THEM AS A UNIT
Sir and Rumi have a head start here in that they're a boy and a girl, and thus not identical, but there's still the risk of people referring to them as "the twins."
They're individuals, writes Rowles, so the Knowles-Carters should "try to do things that help people (including yourself) remember the distinct attributes of each child."
This is one element of parenting twins that money probably doesn't help with. Family dynamics can be complicated no matter what your bank balance is.
YOU'RE GOING TO BE FINE
Sean 'Diddy' Combs was actually the source of this one. On Late Night with Seth Meyers, the rapper and mogul said he was happy to give Jay advice for once.
"You're used to getting love from one child, but when you get this incredible love from two kids and they're twins, it's truly a blessing," Time quotes him as saying.
Back at Mumtastic, Benjamin agrees, saying "as exhuasting as it may be to raise twins, the relationship between them is truly amazing to see."
Joslyn Gray echoes this point at Babble, writing that parents should "know that the first year will be hard, but there will still be joy."