This last Saturday, The Next Family hosted our second annual beach party event on Santa Monica Beach in Los Angeles in honor of Pride Month and International Family Equality Day. I have to admit — it was an amazing day! Our attendees ranged from two-mom families to two-dad families, multiracial families, families from Los Angeles […]
By Brandy Black Each year we go to our local children’s museum, Kidspace and get caterpillars for the kids. We hope and pray that we can keep them all alive so that the children can watch them become butterflies and release them into the world. My wife also gets a batch for all of our […]
By Brandy Black The best parts of my day are the mommy moments. I collect them, holding the treasures close. Hearing I love you out of my daughter’s tiny high pitched voice for the first time. The time my oldest daughter told me, during a late night chat when the house was heavy with sleep, that […]
By Brandy Black I was recently asked to attend a meeting at the White House on helping children explore, learn, and dream without limits. The discussion centered around breaking down gender stereotypes in media and toys. After going through 3 levels of security, I was in the White House! There were researchers, influencers, parents, toy […]
By Brandy Black I love exposing our kids to music, old, new, classical, country, ok well not much country but it has always been important to me that they develop a love and appreciation for music. Music shapes my mood and instills memories of moments in time for me that I will never forget. My […]
When Brandy and Susan went on the hunt for preschools for their daughter, they had to consider the fact that they were a two-mom family. In Los Angeles, it is easier than most cities because there are quite a few LGBTQ families but they still had to carefully consider where they were putting their kids and have […]
By Brandy Black Our family recently enjoyed a dreamy Hawaiian family vacation at Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa…but we made our kids “work” for it first! You see, I started realizing that our children were becoming spoiled. But, rather than give up on the experiences and vacations that I adore and look so forward […]
By Brandy Black Coming out doesn’t just happen once, it is sometimes a daily occurrence for gay parents in particular. In this video we talk about our vow to be honest about who we are to everyone. It all began with our honeymoon.
We did a Chopped Cooking challenge with our kids using Pillsbury Cinnamon rolls.
By Brandy Black My wife and I share our story of wedding planning and how we kept the traditional wedding components while making them our own. Share your wedding story with us.