Watch: A Parent’s Nightmare at 5AM

By Brandy Black Have you ever had an issue with a toy that just wouldn’t stop talking or hearing a sound in your house that you can’t quite place? Here’s what happened to us at 5AM when we thought animals were being attacked outside of our house. The post Watch: A Parent’s Nightmare at 5AM appeared first on The Next Family.

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A Young Teen is Seeking LGBT Parents to Adopt Him

Meet Jaylon: the most adorable teen ever. He’s 14 and looking for LGBT parents to adopt him. His adoption profile is posted on Heart Gallery LA and reads: “Jaylon needs to be part of a permanent family whose members are there for one another through the ups and the downs. Jaylon would like to be adopted by a same-sex couple or other LGBT-headed family or at least a family sensitive the needs and...

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Making The Kids Work For A Dreamy Vacation

By Brandy Black Our family recently enjoyed a dreamy Hawaiian family vacation at Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa…but we made our kids “work” for it first!  You see, I started realizing that our children were becoming spoiled. But, rather than give up on the experiences and vacations that I adore and look so forward to, I thought the kids could make achievements toward the reward of a vacation, much...

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A Gay Dad Sounds Off on Donald Trump and Mark Rubio’s War of Penises

  Don’t get me wrong. I appreciate male physique and anatomy. That would define the “gay” part of being a “gay dad.” I have a healthy appreciation. I don’t particularly like when male genitals are referred to as “junk”. I consider them anything but, and quite frankly, I find that label homophobic. As I was growing up, I was told that penises were no big deal — that “every guy has one” and “they...

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A Day In The Life of The Next Family

Early mornings, taking the kids to school, running errands, work, and too much coffee? Sound a bit like your family? The Next Family decided to document a day in the life of their family (don’t worry it’s only 10 minutes long) to show you just how crazy (and fun!) the life of two moms and three kids can be everyday. We’re sure that most families can relate — whether you have one or five kids — a...

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A Gay Dad’s Adoption Journey: And Then There Were Four

By: Henry Amador-Batten As I write on this beautiful crisp and sunny March morning, there are two things that I am immediately grateful for, first is the Sun beating on my face though the sitting room window, it’s long overdue and oh so needed and secondly are the sounds of my husband working in the yard as my two sons yell and laugh chasing imaginary butterflies in big green nets. That’s the...

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Watch: How Parenting Changes Your Relationship

By Brandy Black Preparing your relationship for kids is not easy and getting through the first 2 years after having children even more challenging.  Here are some tips from two moms on how parenting has changed their relationship and what we would have done differently.   The post Watch: How Parenting Changes Your Relationship appeared first on The Next Family.

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10 Gay Parenting Memes. Finally.

By: Amber Leventry There are many examples, usually told through modern day story telling written as a meme, of the trials and triumphs of being a parent. Parenting rigidity decreases while sleep deprivation increases with each child; chaos is the new normal; our kids would rather throw their food than eat it, and we are fine with the new meaning of cleanliness. Gay and straight parents can laugh...

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HowStuffWorks Debunks 5 Gay Parenting Myths

HowStuffWorks is an education website that answers questions about the world around you and last week, they took on gay parenting myths. Though many people, researchers and gay parents themselves, have written articles, blogs, or reports about gay parenting and the myths associated with it, there are still people who believe that gay parents are not as good as heterosexual parents, making this...

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Spending The Day At CHLA

By Brandy Black I got the opportunity to work with Children’s Hospital Los Angeles in putting together online Valentine’s Day cards for the sick kids at CHLA. Thank you to those that participated after our post on social media. The children’s faces lit up when they received the heartfelt cards. I sat down with my wife to share about my amazing experience that day and about what I learned about...

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