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What Not To Say To Prospective Adoptive Parents. And What To Say Back

By Jillian Lauren

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Would you walk up to a pregnant woman and tell her about your friend’s cousin’s daughter whose infant died of a rare disease, offer her the unsolicited tale of your hairdresser’s daughter’s home birth gone wrong, tell her about every mother you know visiting her teenager in rehab, etc.? Would you walk up to a woman expecting a baby and volunteer every horrific possibility...

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Foster to Adopt: Holiday Huddle

By Jillian Lauren

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After months of hand-wringing and waiting, we finally transitioned a new three-year-old son into our home!

About a year ago, Scott and I decided things had gotten too easy. We were doing things like exercising regularly, meeting deadlines, having dinner parties, and keeping our hair relatively clean. We decided to go ahead and screw all that up and have another kid!

Our nickname...

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Kid Summer Night’s Dream

By Brandy Black

Kidspace Twilight Series

Summer. Is. HERE.

And that means my usual, maniacal dedication to bedtimes and scheduling can take an oh-so-relaxed backseat to long days and warm nights filled with sticky fingers, cartwheels in the grass, cherry popsicle mustaches, and sandy toes.  Outdoor concerts … movies under the stars … beach-y sunsets … picnics under a canopy of fireworks. 

For me, it’s all about...

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Spotlight Series: David & Alex

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TNF: How did you start your family? 

DAVID: Our son Maxwell came to us through adoption. After weighing our options, we decided an open adoption would be the best choice for us.

Because while we were open to the sex and nationality, we weren’t open to babies that were exposed to drugs and alcohol. What appealed to us most about open adoption was the ability to get to know the birth parents, their...

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Leashes for Children?

Children and leashes

A weekly discussion with moms and a single guy about leashes for children. Feel free to voice your concern, judgement or support.


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Spotlight Series: Ebonee and Mia

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Spotlight Series sponsored by Quinny, a European stroller brand available in the United States.

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TNF: Tell me about your family.

Ebonee:  We’ve been married since 2009. We have a 6month old son Kingston Dash. Mia carried and we conceived through IUI.

TNF: How did you meet your wife?

Ebonee: At one of the Biggest Gay/Lesbian hot spots in LA (Catch1) love at first sight.

TNF: Where do you live? Is...

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NOON Year’s Eve With Kids

By Brandy Black

Noon Year's Eve at Kidspace

Once I became a parent, New Year’s Eve was never quite the same. I have certainly tried to find special ways to show our children what ringing in the new year is all about. I’ve planned special dinners so the kids could feel grown-up. I’ve assembled slide shows of prior years’ special moments. We’ve toasted with fancy champagne glasses filled with sparkling cider and hosted...

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Spotlight Series: Maura and Katherine

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Spotlight Series sponsored by Quinny, a European stroller brand available in the United States.

 

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TNF: Tell me about your family. 

MAURA:My name is Maura, my wife is Katherine. We have been together for 15 years, married for almost 11. We were married in 2004 in a beautiful ceremony on the beach in Zihuatanejo, Mexico, our little slice of heaven. We had several close friends in attendance and...

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Spotlight Series: Manuel and Jason

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Spotlight Series sponsored by Quinny, a European stroller brand available in the United States.

 

 

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TNF: Tell me about your family. How did you meet your husband/partner? 

MANUEL:Jason and I met 4.5 years ago on an online dating site. Never would I have imagined that I would meet love on Grindr. But I did. And the great thing is we inspired others to find love online, and even my best friend met...

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Lesbian Power Mom in Los Angeles

By Brandy Black

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Paletas by day, dance parties by night and and an engagement photo shoot in-between.  Power mom Jennifer Roper is an inspiration and truly fabulous.  I don’t know how she stays on top of it all while raising her daughter in Los Angeles with her wife. I finally caught up with her in all the madness to find out what makes this woman tick!

She tells me about her family…

My wife and I...

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LGBTQ Family Summer Luau

By: Brandy Black

The Next Family  joined the LGBTQ Family program through the L.A Gay and Lesbian center . We had a great time, there was plenty of delicious food, crafts tables for the kids and luau dancers, what more could we ask for? Check out some of our photos and if you were there, share some of your own! We will keep you posted on future events for kids. Follow our social media...

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The Kid Who Has It All

By: Ted Peterson

“What do you want for Christmas?” Santa asked as he gave Mikey a lollipop.

“This?” Mikey answered, referencing the sweet.

“No, I mean what else, besides the lollipop?” Santa replied, with a ho ho ho.

“A Christmas tree for Jimmy, and one for Evan, and one for Bryan,” he said, rattling off three of his best friends at preschool.

“That’s very nice,” the fat man chuckled. “But what...

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