Parents: Do Something New With Your Kids

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By Brandy Black I have started a five-week fall challenge with The Next Family and this week is “do something new with your kids.” It sounds simple, we do new things with our families all the time, our children are learning about new things daily but the reality is, it’s far too easy to get […]

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GLAAD Launches Southern Stories Initiative in Atlanta

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  GLAAD, the nation’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) media advocacy organization, Wednesday launched GLAAD Southern Stories, a new program that aims to build support for equality in the American South. The launch was announced at GLAAD Atlanta, a celebration of national and local leaders advancing LGBT equality through the media. The event, which […]

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Breastfeeding Without Birth – Is It Possible?

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By Wendy Wright– IBCLC Co-Founder and Lactation Consultant of the 16 Minute Club Breastfeeding is a wonderful experience for both mom and baby. However, what is a new mom to do when she receives the blessing of a baby but never went through the pregnancy and birth process herself? Induced lactation is still an option […]

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Close to Our Hearts: Two New Moms Explore Chicago with Baby

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By Michelle Barnard The first ten weeks of parenthood have been a blur… All our parent-friends told us that life as we knew it would change, but we shook them off. WE were different. We weren’t going to be THOSE parents.  We even had a list of annoying parenting things that we would never do, […]

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Spotlight Series: Kaila and Lisa

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Spotlight Series sponsored by Quinny, a European stroller brand available in the United States.     TNF: Tell me about your family. How did you meet your wife? Do you have kids? KAILA: Lisa and I met almost five years ago. I can’t believe how time is flying. It feels like just yesterday, I was handing her […]

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How We Used A Salsa Jar To Conceive

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By Christina Soletti In September 2010 our beautiful daughter Beatrice Rinn was born to her two mamas — thanks in part to a salsa jar. Yes, you read that right. Patty and I have been legally married since 2008 — we were one of the 18,000 couples that were able to marry during the short […]

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Spotlight Series: Kara and Jaclyn

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    Sponsored by Quinny, a European stroller brand available in the United States     Spotlight Series: Kara and Jaclyn TNF: Tell me about your family. How did you meet your partner? Do you have kids? KARA: Jaclyn and I met in high school and were close friends. I secretly had a crush on her […]

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Spotlight Series: Lori and Melissa

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    Sponsored by Quinny, a European stroller brand available in the United States     Spotlight Series: Lori and Melissa TNF: Tell me about your family. Are you married? Do you have kids?  LORI: Melissa and I have been together since 2002. We are not currently married. We both agree that marriage isn’t something […]

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How to Get Your Tween to Do His Homework in 50 Easy Steps

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By: Shannon Ralph Homework is the bane of my existence. It’s not that I am necessarily anti-homework. I get it. I see the value of the concept—the otherworldly, ethereal, high level, metaphysical abstraction of it. I understand the need for homework to reinforce the tiny shreds of algebraic knowledge my son’s harried teacher is able […]

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Spotlight Series: Melissa and Nichole

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  Sponsored by Quinny, a European stroller brand available in the United States   Spotlight: Melissa and Nichole TNF: Tell me about your family. Are you married? Do you have kids?   MELISSA: We had a civil union on May 30,2010… It was a big wedding. White dresses, ceremony and big party. When NJ made […]

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