Parenting: It’s Like Riding A Bike

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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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What I Hate Most About Parenting

protecting your children

By Brandy Black My biggest fear when finding out that our only child was gaining twin siblings and my wife and I would have 3 children, was my ability to keep that many people safe and happy.  Both times I was pregnant and I’ll admit it, ultra sensitive I worried about all the things that […]

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Video: Two Moms and Their Twins “Who Makes Dinner?”

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By Brandy Black We introduce the twins in our ongoing video series “The Next Living Room” where we discuss all topics of parenting.  Today we discuss who in the house makes dinner. The twins have it all wrong. If you missed any of the other videos, here are a few highlights: Lesbian moms insist on […]

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“I Don’t Have a Birthmark Because I Don’t Have a Dad”

Brandy Black

By Brandy Black “Do you and Mom have birthmarks? “Yes, we both do!” “Do my brother or sister have one?” “No, I don’t think any of you have one actually.” “I know why, because we don’t have a dad.”, my six-year-old daughter says calmly, “all my friends with dads have birthmarks.” “That’s not actually how […]

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