Rockingham mother shares advice when dealing with multiples


Martin and Jessica Combrink with their children Lukas and Jacob (4), Angelique (2) and Sophia (7weeks). Picture: Jon Hewson d453567
Martin and Jessica Combrink with their children Lukas and Jacob (4), Angelique (2) and Sophia (7weeks). Picture: Jon Hewson d453567

SINGLETON mother Jessica Combrink will be celebrating Mother’s Day with her four children, all under four-years of age.

Growing up, Mrs Combrink always wanted nine children, but now she is happy with four.

Mrs Combrink and her husband Martin have twin boys Lukas (4) and Jacob (4), two-year-old Angelique and seven-week-old Sophia.

“It’s a unique job to be a mother to multiples,” she said.

“There are very special moments, such as when the boys are reading a book and bonding. Then there are times when the boys are competing or fighting.

“They are best mates though, they look our for each other.”

Mrs Combrink is the co-ordinator of the Perth and Districts Multiple Birth Association Rockingham coffee group.

She said the association had kept her sane when the boys were little and the coffee group was her safe haven.

The Rockingham group has 45 members.

Mrs Combrink started Facebook page the Funny Things People Say to Parents of Multiples so parents could share their experiences.

She said people were curious about families with multiples, but being stopped in the street by strangers was an issue.

“Do not stop us,” she said.

“Give us a smile and if you see we are struggling, offer to help.”

Mrs Combrink’s parenting tips

* reach out to like-minded parents for support

* do not feel guilty for getting your children looked after

* consider child swapping with other mums to get things like the shopping and chores done

What not to say to parents of multiples

* you must have your hands full. They hear this all the time.

* Are they twins? Usually stating the obvious.

* Are they identical? They hear this all the time.

* They don’t look alike at all. Should the parent apologise?

* Were they conceived through IVF. Invasive question.

* Are they natural? Yes, they are babies.

* Were they born naturally. Invasive question.

* How far apart are they?