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Though fathers may not express their emotions as readily as mothers, they too may be suffering from stress. It's common for fathers of multiples to feel neglected, somewhat jealous of the attention showered on the babies, and pressured by the extra financial demands. They may, however, be able to escape these stresses in a way their wives cannot-by spending extra hours at their workplace. Unfortunately, this places even more demands on their wives, who need their cooperation and help at home more than ever.
Whatever the specific cause or response to stress, both parents often experience sinking energy and lowered self-esteem, which make stress doubly difficult to dispel. But as negative as all these reactions may seem, it's very important to realize that they are normal responses to the stress of caring for twins and other multiples. And it's equally important to develop positive coping skills to lighten your double load.