A Holiday Book for Daddies and Papas Everywhere

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By: Henry Amador I just had the pleasure of reading The Christmas Truck to my three year old son, He sat enthralled and excited through each and every page. “That little boy has a Daddy and Papa just like me!’ he exclaimed and there is no greater joy for me than when my boy sees his family […]

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Spotlight Series: Bill and Chuck

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Spotlight Series sponsored by Quinny, a European stroller brand available in the United States.     TNF: Tell me about your family. BILL: Chuck and I were married on Oct. 5, 2013, in Minnesota shortly after the state legislature and governor not only fought off a same-sex marriage ban amendment, but also made it legal for […]

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Foster Adoption: The Thing They Wanted Most Seems To Be The Most Heartbreaking

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By Diane Ponist With the holidays here our house is  intense with emotion. Most of the children have no idea about what the holidays mean or even who Santa is. Especially when we mention “Santa is watching you”, they give us a concerned look. So we are doing a lot of explaining, emphasizing family importance […]

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My Grown-Up Lettter to Santa

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By: Shannon Ralph Dear Santa: Merry Christmas! It’s been a while. I think the last time I wrote to you was when I was 11 years old. That was the year my dad died and the year before I pestered my mother so much about your existence that she finally yelled at me in a […]

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Twin Toddlers Respond To Their Mama’s Christmas List

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By: Amber Leventry We read Mama’s Christmas list. A lot of her wish list seemed to involve relief from us, her, if not perfect, very charming twin boys. We weren’t born yesterday, Santa. Mama’s suggestions were not suggestions. We’ve had 18 months to learn her suggestions are usually passive aggressive ways of making us think […]

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Spotlight Series: Heather and Angela (Orlando, FL)

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Spotlight Series sponsored by Quinny, a European stroller brand available in the United States.   TNF: Tell me about your family.  HEATHER: My partner and I have been together for 6 and a half years and are registered domestic partners here in Orlando.  We are not legally married, but we will be as soon as it is […]

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Foster Adoption Series: Holidays With 5 Brand New Family Members Is Bittersweet

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By Diane Ponist Thanksgiving this year in our household was a huge deal. We have 5 brand new members of our family sitting at the table to take part with us for their first time. This is why I wanted a big family, for each of them to appreciate what has happened in their life […]

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The Parenting Perils of Picky Eaters

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By: Shannon Ralph I come from a long line of eaters. Hearty eaters. Robust eaters. A fair share of overeaters, even. I have inherited from my family a healthy appreciation of eating in all its forms. Food comforts. Food celebrates. Food unites. Be it your grandma’s cornbread or your auntie’s baked spaghetti or your cousin’s […]

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How Harvey Milk’s Death, And The World AIDS Losses Brought Us Same Sex Family Equality

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By Rob Watson Harvey Milk was shot and killed on November 27, 1978. Almost a decade later, on December 1, 1988 the first World AIDS Day was enacted. The first was a dramatic local tragedy around several local politicians and the second was a health awareness initiative designed to promote education around a growing worldwide […]

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Letter From the Editor–Happy Holidays

Editor-in-Chief of The Next Family Brandy Black

By Brandy Black I spend most of my days featuring your beautiful families and the stories behind them: your first meetings, your weddings, your process in becoming parents, your moments at home.  I get letters from people around the country and all over the world, thanking me for the opportunity to celebrate our community, and for giving […]

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