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Eva the author of Anancy's Family Reunion, and the winner of the 2012 Black Weblog Awards for Best Parenting Blog and Best New Blog. Find her on Twitter at @socamomdc. Parent Panel Information

Motherhood is Cah-Nee-Val!

Thank you for your interest in the Parent Panel! We are glad that you would like to join us.

What is the Parent Panel?The SPP isa group of moms and dads who test products, attend events, and serve as experts or thought leaders on and offline on Caribbean parenting, travel, cooking, entertainment, fashion, events, and more.

There are several ways that you can participate when you become a panel member. No one activity is mandatory. You can devote anywhere from 5 minutes a month, to daily content – your level of involvement is up to you.


Guest Blog Posting:If you are a blogger, or just enjoy writing, check your email or the calendar for the monthly topics.  Each month we will present our panelists with topics that they can write about.  Writing is not mandatory.

How often: Once per month recommended – not mandatory

How long: Usually takes about one hour to write, edit, and post to

Post Commenting: Panelists are given the opportunity to comment on stories and posts before they are made available to the public.

How often: Once per week recommended – not mandatory

How long: Takes less than 5 minutes

Offline Events: Periodically, the Parent Panelists may receive exclusive invitations to Caribbean events, parenting events, product launches, and more.  Attendance is not required.

How often: Depends on your location and schedule  - not mandatory

How long: Varies based on the event

Free Products, Passes, and Tickets:Sponsors may request that Parent Panelists that meet specified criteria participate in product trials, movie previews, and possibly reviews. Participation is not required.

How often: Depends on your location and whether or not you are selected  - not mandatory

How long: Varies based on the product


Benefits of being a Panelist:

  1. gets thousands of views monthly.
  2. Being a panelist gives you the opportunity to contribute to the Caribbean parenting community and demonstrate your expertise in several subject areas.
  3. If you have a blog, Twitter, or Facebook page, our enhanced profile system allows you to import your blog, your tweets, and list any websites that you work on – personal and professional.
  4. If you have a blog or website, links in your profile, comments, and guest blog posts drive traffic from our website to your website or blog.
  5. Depending on where you are located and your area of expertise, you may receive advance copies of books, trials of products, and invitations to exclusive events.

Steps to become a parent panelist:

  1. If you are not a member, join using Facebook or regular registration.
  2. Log in and complete your profile (add your bio, profile picture (an actual photo of you – rather than a logo - is required for panel membership) address and phone number (not public), update email address, twitter stream, facebook page, introduce yourself in the forum, etc.
  3. Click here and send a message to indicate your interest in the parent panel – if you haven’t already.

We look forward to your input and participation on the Parent Panel!


Can I write and post directly to

Yes.  When you log in, you will see a link in your member area that says "Add a Blog Post".  Click there and start writing.  Be sure add your post to section "The SocaMoms" and category "Parent Panel 2013" it will be available for you to edit until posting day. To get to your post to edit it, click here.  If you are not logged in, you will not see your post.  Click on the edit button (looks like pen and paper) to make changes to your post.

How often do I have to respond to prompts?

If you do not submit a guest post, respond to a prompt, comment, or participate in the panel in any fashion after receiving author status for 3 months, you will remain registered, but lose author status. You will have to request your author upgrade again to submit a guest post.

How do I go from a member of to an author?

Request author status here. You must be logged in.

How many words does my guest post have to be?

The preferred length is 300 to 500 words.  If you don't have a full post to write on a prompt, consider commenting on someone else's post.  You can also submit it as a quote by sending a message here.  If you would like your blog, twitter handle, and/or facebook page mentioned along with your quote, please indicate that in the message.

Can I republish a post on that I have already written and published on my website?

You can write an original introduction for (200 word minimum), and include a link to your full post on your website.  No duplicate text please.  Google doesn't like it, and it could be bad for and your website as well when it comes to search engines.

Are there paid writing opportunities?

From time to time, we are offered sponsored posts.  If we ask you to write a sponsored post, we will give you all of the guidelines including payment information. Most parent panel and guest posts are simply unpaid contributions to the Caribbean parenting community.

For other questions, please contact us at 202-642-SOCA (7633) or click on "contact us".

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Author Profile: Eva Wilson  - Website

Eva the author of Anancy's Family Reunion, and the winner of the 2012 Black Weblog Awards for Best Parenting Blog and Best New Blog. Find her on Twitter at @socamomdc.

Subscribe to the Newly Designed Youtube Channel! #video

It's Follow Friday!  Subscribe to our newly designed Youtube Channel -

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Author Profile: Eva Wilson  - Website

Eva the author of Anancy's Family Reunion, and the winner of the 2012 Black Weblog Awards for Best Parenting Blog and Best New Blog. Find her on Twitter at @socamomdc.

Social Media Monday - Time to Lime!

Hi everyone - it's Social Media Monday!

With so many people using social media to communicate these days, it can be hard to keep up with what's happening, especially when the more traditional technology like email, seems to be a thing of the past. Now that you've found, you don't want to miss a thing, am I right?

Don't worry - here's a handy little guide to where you can find, on and offline, so that you can keep up with all that we have going on!

As much as I love social media, and online activities, you know Caribbean people are experts in the art of the lime, and there’s only so much of that that can be done online. You have to see faces, hear the laughter, and experience the music to really make a genuine connection with one another.  Join our meetup groups for Caribbean Moms in Brooklyn, NY and the Washington DC Metro Area.  Membership is free.


Check out SocaMom on Facebook

On Facebook, I share articles that may be of interest to you from other websites, photos, pose questions, and more. There's also a photo gallery of the latest activity sheets that are available to download.  Like us on Facebook - it's real quick and easy.


Follow us on Twitter

If you are on Twitter - you know that it is like the wild west when it comes to social media, but it really can be a lot of fun! Come by and check me out - I tweet about TV, share deals, events, and Caribbean news that I find around the web, and sometimes I just want to know what you are having for breakfast.  It IS the most important meal of the day, right? Come on over to Twitter and see what all the noise is about.


Follow our pins on Pinterest!

Oh Pinterest... this is the spot where you really get to know about what I love a whole lot... SHOES! I pin other things like food - but the most active place is the SHOE FIGHT.  I encourage you to follow the board, then tweet me and let me know that you would like to throw your shoe in the ring.


Follow on Instagram

I spend a lot of time with my cell phone - and I love to take pictures.Check me out on Instagram and see what I'm up to, eating, watching, buying, reading.  Some of it is pretty cool!  Especially the food.  Don't follow if you are hungry though - I take a lot of pics of really good looking food.


Check us out on Google Plus

Do you do EVERYTHING with Google? Email? Documents? Forms? Music? Videos? Keep up with the latest and greatest from and around the web by adding me to your circle!  It's really fast, and it is a great way to stay up to date on what's happening on while logged in to the services that you already use.


Now here's where a lot of the good stuff happens. To make sure you don't miss a single video interview, cooking tutorial, outing, review, or video blog, subscribe to the YouTube channel.


Subscribe to our Feed

Subscribing to our feed gives you a lot of options. The one that most people choose is to get a digest of our front page featured articles by email.  You can also decide to get it through your Google reader or other news aggregator service.  To subscribe, you can enter your email address in the box on the right on our home page, or you can use this link for your feed:



Ready to network? Let's connect on LinkedIn! I am looking to make connections o further the mission of - so if you are in Caribbean entertainment, a writer, a member of the press, blogger, PR representative, or working in another field in which you think having a business connection to would prove advantageous to the both of us, make a connection on LinkedIn.  Not sure? Click on "contact" here on this page, and send an email!


Follow on Bloglovin

Do you read blogs all the time, and would love to have all of them available for you to read in one place? Our content is available through BlogLovin'.  Follow us and add us to your favorite reading!


Now that you know where to find, we'll be seeing you around more often, right?  You'll be following, fanning, liking, subscribing, connecting, and all that to make sure you are keeping up with the latest news from, right?



See you around the web!

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Author Profile: Eva Wilson  - Website

Eva the author of Anancy's Family Reunion, and the winner of the 2012 Black Weblog Awards for Best Parenting Blog and Best New Blog. Find her on Twitter at @socamomdc.

Good Morning Everyone! #WhatsForBreakfast?

Good morning! Whether you're having scrambled eggs or ackee, waffles or float, coffee or tea - breakfast is the most important meal of the day.

Many of you have mentioned how good these look - here's a video showing you how to make them!

What are you having for breakfast? Tell us what you are eating this morning in the comments.  You can add a picture to your comment, tweet a pic to @socamomdc, instagram to @socamom, or share your breakfast pic on our page on Facebook! Make sure you use the hashtag #whatsforbreakfast...

So #WhatsForBreakfast?

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Author Profile: Eva Wilson  - Website

Eva the author of Anancy's Family Reunion, and the winner of the 2012 Black Weblog Awards for Best Parenting Blog and Best New Blog. Find her on Twitter at @socamomdc.

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