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Rebecca Romijn and Jerry O'Connell Lie to Their Kids

Rebecca_romijn_jerry_o_connell_out_with_the_twins Rebecca Romijn and Jerry O'Connell have created a vast conspiracy in order to keep a deep dark secret from their 16 month old twins girls. Dolly and Charlie.

Rebecca and Jerry don't want them to know who was born first.

These people went so far as to make sure the doctor put the same time on the birth certificates. Romijn says they talked to the doctor ahead of time.

I am not even sure that is legal.

I understand that these parents were concerned that twins are competitive and that the extra four minutes gives one twin a position of power, but I can speak intelligently on this subject because I actually have twins. My children were born two minutes apart. My son was born at 9:46 and my daughter was born at 9:48. They know this. People ask them all of the time, especially on their birthday. It doesn't make one bit of difference.

And I have never had to lie to them about it.

This is the part that really bothers me - before their children were even born Rebecca Romijn and Jerry O'Connell actually got together - with a doctor - and decided it would be best for their children if they started out by not telling them the truth.

THEN they told the internet that they are keeping a secret from the twins and that Romijn and O'Connell actually know who is older (by one minute) and are watching to see if the older twin is dominant.

Let me get this straight Rebecca Romijn (fromerly Romijn-Stamos), you don't want your twins to have any complexes based on birth order but you are fine deliberately hiding information from them?


These poor kids are going to have trust issues before they are old enough to know how to spell "liars".

We all get to make our own decisions as parents and I am not saying I am a better parent than Jerry O'Connell or Rebecca Romijn, but I will say this - I feel that honesty is the best policy in most situations, especially dealing with children that you are trying to raise as well-adjusted human beings. Why not just tell them that yes, Dolly, the doctor pulled you out one minute before Charlie and that should not have any bearing on how you treat your sister. If you treat your children as equals they will understand that this is how you see them. Hopefully.


And really, can somebody look into the legality of the doctor purposely misrepresenting the time of birth on a legal document? Didn't that guy (or girl) have to take the Hippocratic Oath? Should somebody call the Medical Board of California? Why am I so upset about this? I smell mustard!

I just hope that Rebecca Romijn and Jerry O'Connell can tell their children the truth about their father. Jerry O'Connell is actually Elmo.



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Goon Squad Sarah has often been accused of being too honest with her children.

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Fawn Amber

Oh, I don't know. I think it's kind of cool to not tell them and see if it's true what they say about the older one being dominant. I'm sure they'll reveal it in due time. And not revealing that isn't lying. I keep stuff from my kids all of the time. Most parents do. It doesn't make me a bad parent.

Sarah, Goon Squad Sarah

Yeah, but you didn't have a medical professional falsify documents.

Wait - did you?


Wow. That is all kinds of stupid.


So if your kid leaves the house and goes out with that boy that you told her not to go out with, but doesn't tell you....that's not lying?

Withholding information is lying. Asking for official documents to be falsified...also, lying. It's fine not to tell your kids right away who is older to see how their personalities develop, but if your kids asks you outright, they should be able to know.


my identical twin girls, who are comparative (more than competitive) know who is older. it's her thing. is she more dominant? not really, but neither is her sister. they play off of one another constantly & trade roles all the time. some parents are just silly.


As another mother of twins I openly tell my kids who is the oldest. And whether they know this information or not I am sure they will still compete a little with each other and I am pretty darn sure it won't mean my little man will bow down to his 'older' sister or that she will get special privileges because she is 2 minutes older.

If they wanted to wait until the girls were old enough to ask who is oldest, that's one thing, but to outright lie and falsify documents, I do not agree with that at all.

Sarah, Goon Squad Sarah

@flutter I totally agree and I maintain honesty is almost always best.

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Sarah, Goon Squad Sarah

@mommymae I don't have a dominant twin either, but the one that is bossier came out second.

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Sarah, Goon Squad Sarah

@Tonya I agree. The falsification thing is so strange to me. Who goes to those lengths to keep something so simple from
Coming out.

And what other secrets are they keeping?

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Not telling them as kids is one thing. Not that I really think it matters. My brothers are identical. Two minutes apart. They are super competitive, they didn't need to know who was two minutes older for that. It's the getting a doctor to lie on a birth certificate that I think is wrong. WTF really?

cindy w

I predict that because of this, they are going to end up with Creepy Twins, a la The Shining. And it will serve them right.

Fawn Amber

Ok, I agree that the falsification thing is extreme and a little strange but I maintain that not telling them until they are old enough to ask isn't a big deal.

Sarah, Goon Squad Sarah

The more that I think about this the more I get upset with the doctor.

And I was mad at him three days ago.

It is so unethical to lie on a birth certificate. 

If he lies about the time they were born what about other things? 

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Sarah, Goon Squad Sarah



I have to admit, when I found out I was going to have twins I was 
Little worried about them being the Shining Twins.

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That is really stupid. And I speak as an adult child who was lied to by her parents consistently throughout her own childhood. And here's a news flash for Jerry and Rebecca: Sadly, lying to your kids becomes a habit. You lie once, oh hey, nothing horrible happened, let's keep lying. Let's lie about this.

And then your child is an adult and just brimming with resentment over all the LIES you told, you lying liars who tell lies.

Also, this is a fantastically stupid thing to lie about. Their BIRTH TIME? Do they honestly expect the first born twin (by ONE MINUTE) will create a power play in the nursery and commandeer all the, I don't know, plastic locks or diaper wipes based on the "I'm older" card? What morons.


I think it's ridiculous. Their personalities will be well established before they have a concept of time and "first".

Also, I am deeply concerned about the doctor falsifying the records - unless they had a C-section and specifically told the doctor, make sure you grab both kids at the same time, OR make sure you get them both out within the same 60-second time frame. Which, eh.


They're also not going to tell the twins that Jerry was the fat kid in "Stand By Me."


Is it lying if they say "we know which one of you is older but we aren't going to tell you"? I mean, that's the truth. "We think it's best for you not to know. Maybe when you are older." I don't have a problem with it. I don't know if it was necessary, either, but I definitely don't think they are any kind of ethical slippery slope. It's weird, but whatever.


Um... Isn't their experiment destined to be a failure? Given that the twins' parents know which kid is older, they will treat the kids differently due to their own preconceived notions regarding dominance (thus influencing their kids' behavior). If Rebecca and Jerry didn't know which one was born first, it might have been an interesting idea (disregarding the fact that their doctor broke the law). As is, yep-- they're just lying to their kids for no good reason.

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