Why I Love Adoption

Why I love adoption

By Jillian Lauren I am both an adult adoptee and an adoptive mother to a beautiful firebrand of a 6-year-old boy from Ethiopia. I love adoption. I love the whole messy, rich, textured, complex world it has given me. I do not love it because it is one long Disney happy ending. Rather, I love […]


Transparent, House Of Lies, The Fosters, Glee Cited in GLAAD TV Report

transgender roles on TV

By Megan Townsend, GLAAD’s Entertainment Media Strategist In the latest installment of its annual Trans Images on TV report released Tuesday, GLAAD finds some improvement over the previous year’s results when it comes to transgender representation on scripted television. This year, GLAAD reviewed 13 new scripted episodes with trans characters that have aired since November 2013. […]


Mom vs. Fox News: Can She Take Down the Big Bully on the Block?


By Lisa J. Keating I’d like to bring to the surface and discuss the real life damage that occurs because of the type of reporting on gender diversity by Fox News and other conservative media outlets. Who really gets hurt? The kids who identify as cisgender boys and girls? No. I believe it is a […]


Spotlight Series: Kim and Angelica


Spotlight Series sponsored by Quinny, a European stroller brand available in the United States.   TNF: Tell me about your family. Are you married? Do you have kids? BOPAH: Hello! We are Kim and Angelica.  Our online family knows us as Bopah- Angelica and Boatie-Kim.  We have 2 sons.  Isaiah who is 14 and Drake who […]


Contest Alert: Grand Hyatt Kauai–3 Nights Free Stay

Grand Hyatt Kauai Contest

Giveaway Win a three nights stay at the Grand Hyatt Kauai by entering our contest.  Submit a picture of your family through social media or click on our contest bug at the top of the page to enter to win. You can also enter by emailing us at GHKgiveaway@thenextfamily.com.   How do you win? Submit a picture […]


Contest Rules for Grand Hyatt Kauai

GHK colorful pool shot

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. A purchase does not improve your chance of winning. Void where prohibited, taxed or otherwise restricted by law. Subject to all federal, state and local laws. HOW TO ENTER: Enter on-line on www.thenextfamily/Facebook or The Next Family Twitter or The Next Family Instagram by #TNFgrandhyatt during the contest period. (November 18- […]


Two Princes Will Not Be Getting Married In This Disney Story

two princes - disney story

  Amplifying Glass was the source of a rumor that spread so quickly it was shared over 60,000 times. The website wrote an article stating Disney had announced a new animated movie Princes featuring two men who rescue a princess but end up falling in love. Amplifying Glass is a satirical website with the disclaimer: “If you are looking […]


Death By Book


By Jillian Lauren As I approach the finish line of this new memoir, my response to the question How are you? has lately been, This book is killing me, or (in the style of the Wicked Witch), I’m melting! MEEEELTING! And other cheery and not-at-all dramatic stuff like that. Then, right before Halloween, my best […]


Parenting: It’s Like Riding A Bike

kids learning to ride a bike

By Brandy Black Our six-year-old daughter learned to ride a bike over the last couple weeks.  This falls under one of the more significant parenting moments for my wife and me.  We tried to explain to our daughter, it is only once in your life that you learn how to ride a bike.  It is […]