By Brandy Black Our 7-year-old daughter explains to her younger siblings what MLK Day is and how Martin Luther King had dreams for people on The Next Family channel. For more videos, subscribe to The Next Family channel.
By Brandy Black This 7-year-old explains the decision making process at the Supreme Court around marriage equality in the United States and gives us her opinion on what the outcome will be.
By: Brandy Black This past weekend we went to South Pasadena High School for the 4th of July. This marked the first time that Sophia would see fireworks. I began preparing her for this monumental night on Friday morning by making her a red, white and blue breakfast with accompanying drawings of fireworks and the American […]
By: Brandy Black Sophia and Penny (almost 2) have been friends for over a year now and tonight Penny came over for a sleepover without her parents for the first time. These little moments are the sweet parts of parenthood that nobody tells you about. The joy you get from watching your child become friends […]
By: Brandy Black Today we found out that Sophia will be in the Orange Stars class with Miss Kimberly for preschool in September. I jumped for joy and must have read the letter out loud to Sophia 3 times. We printed out the email and colored orange stars all over it and, as Sophia would […]
By: Brandy Black Susan, Sophia and I went out to lunch at a little Thai food place in Beachwood Canyon. We were among only one other table of people in the restaurant, which was a relief with a two year-old. Sophia looks over at the table across the restaurant and says “Hi!” and they didn’t reply […]
By: Brandy Black 10 years ago I spent many torturous months getting the courage up to tell my parents that I was a lesbian. I tossed and turned at night thinking about how I was going to tell them. In my struggles I also learned that I was terrified of what I had become, not […]
By: Brandy Black A couple weeks ago Susan and Sophia came home from the children’s museum in Pasadena “Kidspace” with a caterpillar. It was in a tiny container with food on the bottom. Sophia ran around the house yelling “caterpillar, caterpillar” while Susan handed me the directions and explained that we were going to take […]
By: Brandy Black Sophia is learning about her family. We have been reading a series of amazing books by Todd Par that are themed around all kinds of families. The other day we were out at Starbucks and Sophia put her arms around Susan and said “I love you so much Mom” then she came […]
By: Brandy Black I love the days when I am thrown back in time to memories that I have always cherished. I heard Sophia banging on the bathroom door shouting “Mom, OPEN the DOOR, MOM”. “I need my time in the bathroom Sophia, go hang out with Mama” Susan pleaded from the other side. Sophia […]