By Alex Temblador Not all LGBT parents in the U.S. can put both parents’ names on their children’s birth certificate. And even if they can, many lawyers still advise that gay couples go through second parent adoptions as a means to protect their parental rights to their children. Brandy and Susan from The Next Family […]
By: Amber Leventry Ryan, one of my twin boys, woke up earlier than normal the other morning. I was awake, at my desk writing, and not finished with my first cup of coffee yet when I heard him. As I plucked him out of his crib, I debated on letting him watch a show so […]
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: Amber Leventry Now that my daughter has been five for almost two months, she is pretty convinced she knows everything. If she doesn’t know something, she knows she can ask Google for the answer. So really, she knows everything—including how to take pretty sweet photos with her 1.3 megapixel precision lens digital camera. And […]
By Shannon Ralph When I was 10 years old, my dad was diagnosed with brain cancer. He had fallen on hot metal at work following a seizure and, for the rest of his short life, he had a large burn mark on his upper arm in the shape of the continent of Africa. I thought […]
By: Amber Leventry “Tell them there is no such thing as an ordinary girl,” said Bloom. This is the high point of the crescendo, the sucker punch that killed insecurity and doubt, the line that is delivered from one girl to another in my favorite new children’s book. Trust me on this one: buy Bloom, […]
Preparing your relationship for kids is not easy and getting through the first 2 years after having children is even more challenging. Brandy and Susan from The Next Family know this all too well, which is why they created a video for new parents or couples considering having a baby together. In this video, both […]
By Brandy Black The addiction to Girl Scout Cookies is real. We couldn’t resist trying the gluten free cookies out on our kids.
By: Amber Leventry When everyone of my five member family is home, it’s loud, messy, and usually chaotic. It’s great to have such animated, strong-willed, confident kids, but it’s also exhausting. Our three kids, ages five and two and a half, love each other, show each other kindness, and have (short) stretches of time when […]
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.