Video: Lesbian Moms And Their Getaway Without The Kids

Brandy Black and Susan Howard

By Brandy Black I dread flying on planes without the kids, I worry about the possibilities of something happening to both Susan and I.  We found a solution to air travel without the children, it may sound crazy but it certainly gave me peace of mind.

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Video: A Heartbreaking Mom Mistake

Brandy Black and family

By Brandy Black I realize that parenting mistakes are all relative but I made a big mistake last week and in my mind it was unforgivable.  I always worry about being the parent that might forget about a school potluck or arrive late to pick my kids up from school or that I might do […]

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The “Get Messy” Challenge With The Kids

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By Brandy Black A while back we did a Get Messy Challenge with the kids in which they were allowed to get as dirty and messy as they wished.  I thought this would be a dream come true for our 6-year-old daughter and three-year-old twins but surprisingly when we brought them out to a muddy […]

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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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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 […]

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Parents: Do Something New With Your Kids

play in the rain with your kids

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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Behind The Scenes: Quinny Embraces Modern Families

Gay dads Quinny photo shoot

By Brandy Black So rarely are same-sex parent families like mine represented in commercial media, that when it does happen, whether in print, television, or on film, I am moved beyond expectation. When Quinny, a European stroller brand, reached out to me for help in producing a photo shoot featuring real “modern” families, it felt like all […]

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Preparing for Preschool

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By Brandy Black The days move so fast I feel like I can’t see straight.  Suddenly I am the mother of a 6-year-old in 1st grade and 2-year-old twins that are starting preschool. I’ve been waiting for this day since they were born, wanting them to be on their feet, independent and sturdy.  That last […]

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6 Things I Want My Children To Learn

Kids and boredom

By Brandy Black We spent time with my parents, or more commonly the grandparents recently and our children have gotten the Black family fever for good old-fashioned board games, card games, things that don’t require a screen, a speaker or a joystick. We taught them how to play slap-jack and surprisingly our two-year-old twins even […]

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Parenting Video Tips: Making Breakfast Fun

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By Brandy Black I remember some of my most cherished days as a child involved doing something that I had never done before, breaking the mold, changing things up.  One morning my father woke me up and said we were all going on a “around the world day”, the agenda was thai food for lunch […]

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