And the win­ner is? Well, we love them just the same, but this week it is...

DOU­BLE TROU­BLE FOR A FIRST-TIME DAD OF TWINS

Gloucestershire Echo - - FAMILY MATTERS - Richard IRVINE

‘WHO’S the best twin?’ has never been so closely fought.

There’s been very lit­tle to sep­a­rate them over the last few weeks.

One day Emma is at the helm by cor­rectly iden­ti­fy­ing sheep, and the next Thomas edges past her by turn­ing the tele­vi­sion on.

Al­though, it’s not an easy com­pe­ti­tion to ad­ju­di­cate simply be­cause it’s a lit­tle sub­jec­tive with no struc­tured tests or timed events. It’s more a gen­eral ap­praisal of their per­for­mance based on a num­ber of key fac­tors.

For ex­am­ple, we have speed walk­ing, which Emma tra­di­tion­ally runs away with.

Thomas is get­ting faster, but he can’t match her turn of pace or her abil­ity to sus­tain that level of speed.

She’s got a phys­i­cal ad­van­tage, be­ing of a more sturdy build, there­fore giv­ing her a bit of ex­tra power.

This also gives her the edge in any liv­ing room skir­mish.

You’d be a fool to put your money on Thomas walk­ing away with the in-de­mand toy after a one on one scuf­fle.

How­ever, we’re talk­ing about the best twin and the abil­ity to de­prive a child of a toy is not nec­es­sar­ily an ad­mirable qual­ity.

Yes, It’s nice to see a strong­willed young woman stand­ing up for her­self but of­ten it just looks like she’s mug­ging him.

What we can say is Thomas has ex­cel­lent hand eye co-or­di­na­tion.

If you need a coloured shape putting through a sim­i­larly sized hole or a large tower con­struct­ing then he’s your man.

Emma may have those skills one day but she’s hap­pier pot­ter­ing around rather than in­volv­ing her­self in projects.

What she lacks in

con­struc­tion abil­i­ties she makes up for in her abil­ity to sleep.

To be fair, they’re both pretty good at sleep­ing but she’s a win­ner in this cru­cial cat­e­gory. Along with her nu­mer­i­cal abil­ity. Ad­mit­tedly, she only ever says ‘nine’ in re­sponse to any math­e­mat­i­cal ques­tion but it’s a very good start.

Un­for­tu­nately, it’s crunch time and they’ve both done some ex­cel­lent work over the last few months but there can be only one win­ner.

For now the ‘Who’s the Best Twin’ award has to go to Thomas.

This is purely based on his mas­tery of the TV re­mote con­trol and maybe be­cause Emma is a lit­tle bit grabby.

She’ll come back stronger, but time is run­ning out be­cause I fear this com­pe­ti­tion will have to end soon, mostly in or­der to avoid last­ing psy­cho­log­i­cal dam­age.

Ob­vi­ously, we don’t make a big thing of it

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