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Vail to host state convention for Parents of Multiples clubs

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Vail CO, Colorado
Special to the DailyThe annual Colorado Parent's of Multiples Convention is May 16 through 18 in Vail. Keynote speakers include Jon and Kate Gosslien of TLC and the Discovery Channel's reality show "Jon and Kate plus 8." The couple has twin six year olds and three-year-old sextuplets.
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VAIL ” For the first time in 35 years, the annual Colorado Parent’s of Multiples Convention will be held in Vail the weekend of May 16 through 18 at the Cascade Resort and Spa. This non-profit event attracts up to 200 mothers, fathers and grandparents of twins, triplets, quadruplets and quintuplets. Filled with informative workshops, motivational speakers and a lot of camaraderie, the annual convention is a tradition with parents of multiples. Vail’s local club, Eagle County Mother’s of Multiples, bid on moving the convention to the mountains last summer. Their efforts finally paid off in a unanimous vote by the state board in the fall.

“It takes a village to raise kids,” said Jana Morgan, the convention chairwoman. “This convention is a way we can help parents gain more tools to raise happy and healthy kids ” thus investing in a better future for everyone.”

The theme of the convention is Celebrating Partnerships for Life, which was chosen to represent not only the partnerships twins and triplets have with one another but also the kinship parents have created with one another.

“Raising multiples is a very unique experience,” said Beckie Dague, president of Colorado Parents of Multiples. “The annual convention is a great opportunity for parents of multiples to come together and network with other parents of multiples. It attracts parents who want to gain an insight on what to expect when raising multiples. Parents that are expecting or who have newborns come talk to parents with older multiples. For those with toddlers, they pick the brains of the ‘veteran’ MOMS who have been there and done that. School-aged multiples’ parents have a great opportunity to talk to other parents to see how they are dealing with school issues ” like whether or not to separate twins in different classrooms or to keep them together. And finally, parents with older multiples ” teenagers and up ” have a great chance to be a mentor to parents with younger multiples.”

Planning the event has been time consuming, but Morgan is excited to host the event in the Vail Valley.

“We have a very talented team of moms working hard on a very thin shoestring budget to make this the best convention CPOM has ever seen so they keep coming back year after year,” Morgan said.

Eagle County is a fitting location for this year’s convention. According to the Colorado Department of Public Health, Eagle County has the most multiples per capita in the entire state of Colorado.

The convention weekend kicks off with keynote speakers Jon and Kate Gosslien of TLC and the Discovery Channel’s reality show “Jon and Kate plus 8.” The couple has twin six year olds and three-year-old sextuplets. The show follows them through their everyday lives.

“I picked them because Kate is super organized and has some fun creative tips for life with multiples,” Morgan said. “The speaker I’m looking the most forward to is on Sunday morning with Dr. Marianne Neifert. She is speaking on the topic of balancing family and work ” life balance ” I desperately need that!”

The remainder of the weekend highlights workshops like: Quick and Healthy Family Meals, Pediatric First Aid and Developing Children’s Self Esteem. Meals and social events along with shopping at hand-selected vendor’s tables round out the weekend.

Erin Osbourne, the mother of identical twin girls, is also the President of Vail’s local multiples club ECMOM.

“Through our research, we discovered that there are very few organized support groups for multiple birth parents in the mountain communities. We are looking forward to inviting all parents of multiples, whether they are part of an organized group or would like to get one started in their area.”

Registration for the convention is $105 for an individual and $140 for a couple and includes all workshops, meals and speakers. Forms and payment options can be found at http://www.coloradopom.org. For more information, contact Convention Chairwoman Jana Morgan at 331-5262 or e-mail her at vailtwins@comcast.net.


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