Book Review: ‘Heather Has Two Mommies’ Brand-New Edition

Heather Has Two Mommies- New Edition

By Brandy Black My wife and I have written before about our love of the book Heather Has Two Mommies, so we were more than excited to receive an advance copy of the brand-new, hardcover edition of this modern classic! Heather’s favorite number is two. She has two arms, two legs, two pets. She also […]

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Celebrate the World of Bugs With Kids

3 kids at Kidspace

By Brandy Black My kids love bugs and worms. I do not.  This is definitely an area where my kids don’t take after me.  When our daughter first held a worm in her tiny fingers I screamed and told her to put it back in the dirt.  My wife had to remind me that children […]

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Video: Lesbian Moms Give Tips For Traveling on Planes With Kids

Brandy Black and Susan Howard

By Brandy Black We received a question from one of our viewers asking for tips on plane travel with kids.  Don’t do it!  We joke but I’m actually a firm believer that you should continue your patterns of travel.  Even though it’s tough for us with 3 kids, we do it as often as possible. […]

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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

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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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