I went to a meeting at Liva & Laia's daycare today, a meeting they arrange with all the parents after the children have been there for 3-4 months. They talked about Liva and Laia's social skills, their motor skills and their speech development. First Laia, then Liva. The main difference between the two is that Laia is very extrovert and a typical leader. Liva is much more introvert and needs security and comfort in her life. They are both very happy, fun girls who care about other people - they take very good care of each other (though they also fight loads) and of the other (mainly younger) kids in the daycare. They love helping, they always help put away the toys and are some of the only kids who help clear the table after meals. Their motor skills are very advanced, the educators are especially amazed at how well they dress themselves, and say that for Danish standards their potty-habits are also quite advanced - it's supposedly normal to still wear diapers at 2,5 - 3 years here (according to the educators, I don't know!). They are very good at running, climbing, jumping and balancing. So basically, they are fantastic at everything! :)
However, when we got to the speech section, it was a different picture. We were told not to worry because they are bilingual twins, they clearly have their own "coded" language and speech development naturally comes slower to them. They love singing songs and are starting to learn rhyme - though that is much harder for them since rhyme is all about pronunciation, and that is where they really struggle.
With all the praise Liva and Laia got in the first two sections, I am not at all worried about them being a bit slower at speaking!
I also solved the dinner-cooking "problem" - involve Liva and Laia in the whole process! We brought their chairs to the kitchen counter and they got to help as much as they could. When they couldn't help I let them play with cooking spoons and cans, or nibble from the fresh, clean vegetables. Though we got home very late because of the meeting at the daycare, and they were both extremely tired, we've had one of the best evenings for a long time tonight. All in all, a perfect day! :)