Blocks, dolls, and stuffed animals. Social Gemini make animal and doll "friends" easily and can engage in imaginative play for hours. Give them plenty of toys that enable them to build their own worlds, including blocks to create homes for the cuddly families they've created.
Energetic and up for anything, a Gemini kid gravitates toward other kids. They love taking classes where they can socialize with others. They also love actively engaging with Mom and Dad, and they're psyched when a favorite grown-up joins them on the slide instead of watching from the sidelines.
Gemini kids love the big questions, and you're likely to hear them a million times. Books that help tackle big questions, including who we are, how we got here, and what our purpose is, can keep Gemini kids occupied. As they get older, the Twins love fantasy and mythology, especially when they ponder which parts could be true, and could have happened.
Hundred Billion Trillion Stars by Seth Fishman. This picture book shows Gemini kids just how big the world is—and how, even though the Universe may be massive, there's only one you
The Mountains of Tibet by Mordecai Gerstein. Loosely adapted from The Tibetan Book of the Dead, this picture book gives Gemini kids a glimpse of what one version of the afterlife may look like.
The Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordan. This middle-grade series re-imagines Greek mythology in modern life, giving Gemini kids a fun introduction to mythology, which will turn out to be a lifelong Gemini love.
Dramatic, sophisticated, social, and up for anything, Gemini's characteristics invite theatrical names. Never mind that your baby isn't born yet. Just imagine their name in lights on a marquee or on the cover of a magazine, because it's very likely you will see it there 20 years down the road.
Names for Gemini Boys: Let your little Gemini shine with an out-of-the-box name. A gender-neutral name like Carey or Harper can help a boy stand out in a crowd. As trendsetters, Gemini also love names that make it abundantly clear what generation they belong to. Trendy boy names like Zeke, Blaze, Jax, Mekhi, and Orion are also great ones to consider for your little Gemini dude.
Names for Gemini Girls: Gemini girls won't like being the fourth or fifth kid in their class with the same name. Unique twists on spelling can help you make a favorite name stand out. Think Madelynn or Emmalee. Or infuse your tiny Gemini with star power by naming her after a celeb—think Gwyneth, Adele, Ariana, or Zendaya.
Intelligent, social, and full of energy, Gemini children are genuinely easy to get along with—but they can display flashes of temper when they don't get their way. Gemini kids love other kids, and you may find them trying to "socialize" even from infancy, when they make eye contact with another baby. Intelligent and ultra-talkative, Gemini kids love knowing why, and they'll likely be asking you questions that you can't always answer. Luckily, Gemini love to learn, and teaching them to look it up or invent their own answers can be key to establishing independent thinking. Gemini kids love stories and may stretch the truth. They're not lying; they simply don't always understand the difference between imagination and reality. Gemini kids tend to be up for anything, and love getting responsibility and a chance to help create the day's schedule. In general, Gemini have a tricky time with making decisions, so helping them learn how to do that can be a lifelong lesson that will benefit them in the long run.
Here are more tips for parenting a Gemini child:
Feed their curiosity. Gemini are known for their mental sharpness and insatiable curiosity—especially in childhood. Keeping them busy with constructive activities can help positively direct their mental energy.
Try the arts. You may have a little virtuoso on your hands. Whether it's music, visual arts, dance, or acting, Gemini often enjoy the arts and show exceptional talent. Involving them early will help them channel some of their extra energy while teaching creative ways to communicate their ideas.
Show them stability. You'll find that your little Gemini likes to change his or her mind all the time. Their favorite thing from last week is unlikely to hold the same appeal this week, so prepare to hold firm and help your child discover their more stable side.
Don't be surprised if you feel that your Gemini teen is leading a double life. In a way, they are. This mutable sign spends adolescence trying to establish an identity, and during the teen years, they might realize that who they are and how they're perceived at home is very different than how they act around their friends. Don't pry—even though it's tempting! Instead, encourage your Gemini teen to share their life with you by asking open-ended questions, and sharing the struggles, decisions, and difficult lessons you may have experienced when you were a teen. Involve them in a discussion about what their responsibilities should be and consequences that seem fair when rules are inevitably broken. A Gemini teen may thrive at a sleep-away camp or extended stay with another family member, because this sign wants to mark independence early. It's not that your teen doesn't love you. In fact, any movement toward gaining independence is a mark of good parenting, because your child feels secure enough to take these steps. Gemini teens are incredibly intelligent and may develop interests beyond what they're taught in school. Encourage this curiosity by engaging in the topic as well. When you spend weekends seeing plays, attending sporting events together, or otherwise tapping into their passion, it can be a great way to connect.
A Gemini teen likes:
Privacy: Having their bedroom as a safe haven and knowing that you won't scroll through their phone or read their email goes a long way toward establishing trust.
Friends: To a Gemini, friends are just another family. An aware parent will allow their Gemini teen to frequently have friends come over and spend the night.
Mutual respect: By asking your Gemini teen's opinion about an issue going on in your own life, or seeking their thoughts on current events, you're demonstrating that you take them seriously.
A Gemini teen dislikes:
Routine: Adolescent Twins may not love the rhythms of family life. Allowing them to live on their own schedule is better than forcing them to sit with the family for every single breakfast just because you say so.
Authority: As the parent, you are the authority, but you don't have to be a dictator all the time. Inviting your teen into the decision-making process when it comes to discipline increases the likelihood that they'll follow the rules. Sample question: "What do you think should happen if you come home after curfew?"
Responsibility: Gemini teens sometimes feel overwhelmed by adult decisions. While they want to be taken seriously, guiding them toward good decision-making strategies can be an important lifelong lesson.
Intelligent, playful, and energetic, a Gemini parent's goal is to make parenting as fun as possible. Gemini parents are invested in their children and love coming up with activities and adventures that both parent and child will enjoy. These parents also may get frustrated if a child doesn't go along with their agenda. It can be tough to push aside their own emotions and needs in favor of their child's, so Gemini parents do well when their lives include a grounding earth sign who can act as another caregiver for their child. As their children grow older, Gemini moms and dads love being friends with their children, and they always take their kids' opinions and ideas seriously. A Gemini parent can be demanding, especially when it comes to intellect and independent thinking. They consider vacations as learning opportunities, just like any other time of year, and they want their children to love asking the big questions just as much as they do.
How does Gemini's personality mesh (or clash) with their offspring's? Here's how!
Both high-energy, this air and fire sign combo is a great match when it comes to keeping each other busy. Fiercely intellectual and opinionated, Twins and Rams can often lock horns (especially during adolescence), and a Gemini parent needs to loosen up and let that Aries kid have his or her way -- at least once in awhile.
A Gemini parent can become frustrated by their little Bull's stubbornness, and may spend unnecessary energy trying to mold their tiny Taurus into something he or she isn't. This pair works best when the Gemini parent can appreciate (and not necessarily try to understand) their Taurus child's traits.
Twins paired with Twins can get extra-emotional, and this parent sand child may feel too similar for comfort. While that might be a good thing for the Gemini parent—what mom or dad wouldn't want to read their kid's mind?— this arrangement can feel stifling for a Gemini child. Giving the little Gemini space to become their own person is key.
This air sign and water sign both have emotional depths, but each handles them differently. While Gemini like talking out their problems, Cancers are just as likely to keep issues to themselves, which can frustrate a Gemini parent. Learn to connect via hugs, talking about books, or just sitting quietly together on the couch.
A Gemini parent loves the confidence, boldness, and personality that a little Leo brings to the family. At the same time, Gemini parents have to adjust to not always being in the spotlight, which is a position they favor. Instead of fighting for the spotlight, the Gemini parent should cede the family stage to little Leo—at least once in awhile.
This combination brings out the best in both signs. Air sign Gemini respects this earth sign's carefulness, attention to detail, and intelligence. Since both of these signs love the arts in all forms, this parent-child duo can bond over art projects, trips to the museum, and other cultural touch points.
Both air signs, Gemini and Libra have a lot in common. While Gemini are more mercurial, they can teach their little Libras how to manage and share emotions, as well as handling differences of opinion. Gemini parents may get exasperated by their little Libra's wanting everyone to be happy—teaching directness is key.
Intense Scorpio brings out all the emotions for Gemini—for good or for bad. This pair loves each other fiercely, and they'll fight fiercely, too. Even if their fights seem extreme to outsiders, parent and child share mutual respect. A Gemini parent demands honesty and respect from their little Scorpio offspring, and a Scorpio kid rises to the challenge.
Fiery Sagittarius always wants to push boundaries, while airy Gemini might still be learning to put boundaries in place. Gemini parents may not want to have "rules," but that's how tiny Archers learn best. Creating the right structure for their family is key to building a solid bond between these two signs.
Grounded and practical, a Capricorn kid can make Gemini parents scratch their head and wonder, "Is this child really mine?" A Gemini parent can learn a lot from the way a Capricorn kid plays by the rules, and a Capricorn kid can learn to take risks from his or her Gemini parent. Gemini parents would do well to follow a schedule (even if it drives them crazy) to help make their little Goat feel as grounded as possible.
Social, fun, and up for anything, this airy pair does best in a crowd, and they both love playdates, parties, and just-because celebrations. Sometimes, in all the noise and socializing, it can be tough for these two signs to connect on a deeper level, which is something that both need. Making time to check in with an Aquarius kid and having regular talks about feelings are both key for a deep and lasting Gemini-Aquarius bond.
With two intense signs expressing different kinds of intensity, this parent-child combination can sometimes be stormy. While both connect with and love the arts, Gemini are much more likely to lash out with their emotions while Pisces tend to turn inward. Taking the time (and deep breaths) to learn how to calmly handle disagreements will help smooth over any of the inevitable bumps in the road that may occur with this parent-child sign pair.