Meet Our Parent Panel

The Parent Panel includes parents who are excited to share their experience and advice with’s readers. Each parent will lend their unique voice and point of view to our site as they discuss the adventures of parenting. In addition to reading their words here, we invite you to connect with each of our panelists online!

  • Emily Vanek

    As the mother of three sons, Emily Vanek has been known to get as excited about toys as her children. When her youngest son was diagnosed on the Autism Spectrum, she became passionate about play in a new light, and began to focus on toys as an important part of therapy. As our special needs contributor, Emily shares her knowledge of toys and games and offers family tips in hopes to connect with other parents of special needs children.

    Emily lives with her husband and three sons near Denver, Colorado. In addition to her work with, Emily shares her family experiences across the web as owner and editor-in-chief of parent community, with daily reflections on, and as a contributor to She has been quoted by The Wall Street Journal and The Associated Press, and featured on KUSA-TV (Colorado).

  • Maria Colaco

    Maria Colaco combines her experience as a mother to a tween and toddler to bring wit and a fresh voice to the national parenting conversation. Over the past 5-plus years, her work has been published by New York Family, CNN local, Huffington Post and TODAY SHOW parenting. Maria currently works with as a prominent on-camera personality and the editor of the BABY section. She specializes in Baby Gear, trends in Baby Décor and contributes frequently to the various national outlets on behalf of TTPM. Separately, Maria contributes lifestyle articles in beauty, fashion, baby gear and parenting to several national online and print outlets. Maria's blog -- The New York Mom is an internationally recognized blog for fashion trends, parenting commentary and travel and has most recently been named one of 15 Parenting Blogs to Follow in 2015 by Time Out New York. Originally from India and holding a BFA in performing Arts, Maria began her career as a professional dancer in NYC. Maria lives in New York with her tween, toddler, giant dog and her husband, where most days she's kissing boo boos and slaying dragons.

  • Nadia Jones

    Nadia, a.k.a., Justice Jonesie, is a mom to three, lawyer, blogger at, founder of Niche Mommy Network & Conference & co-founder of Blogalicious Weekend. She enjoys blogging about work-life balance, fitness, and her journey through motherhood. When she is not working or chasing after her kids, you may find me training for a half-marathon or enjoying a chic night out on the town with her hubby.

  • Jen Rabulan-Bertram

    Jen Rabulan-Bertram is a blogger, freelance writer and brand ambassador. In pursuit of work/life balance, Jen honed her background as a magazine editor while leveraging social media to create The Next Kid Thing, a product blog that dishes and disseminates the latest and greatest in all things kids. Jen has gone from interviewing the Joint Chiefs of Staff to rubbing elbows with Elmo. She has contributed to outlets such as Healthy Child Healthy World, New York Family, Mommybites and Techlicious. As an influencer in the parenting and kid product realm, Jen has been quoted on WPIX, CBS News 2 and most recently, Parents magazine. She lives in northern NJ with her husband, preschooler and infant sons.

  • Meredith Sinclair

    Meredith Sinclair is the creator and chief video blogger at, where she focuses on playful ways to rock her role as Queen Mum. She has a Master's Degree in Education and has taught preschool thru fifth grade. Meredith also worked as the Educational Consultant for a nationally producing PBS station helping to create quality children's programming. Meredith writes two monthly, mom-centered columns for Chicago Parent Magazine and can be seen on both local and national morning shows where she shares fun ideas for today's modern moms. She has been featured on Windy City LIVE, The Steve Harvey Show and the Today Show. Meredith lives on Chicago's North Shore with her husband, two boys, and her mutt Roxy.

  • Danyelle Little

    A self-described Digital Debutante, Danyelle Little knows a little when it comes to taking a negative and making it a positive. After losing her corporate job in 2009, she forged ahead and created, a lifestyle blog focused on work, life, and play. Since that time, Danyelle has been able to be a work at home mom running her successful website while making her mark on the Internet and social media.

  • Tami Sartor Kruchkow

    Tami Sartor Kruchkow has over 15 years experience in the toy and licensing industries. From developing toys and games to marketing them, Tami honed her skills working on successful brands including Thomas & Friends, South Park, Animal Planet, Angelina Ballerina, and UNO, to name a few.

    Tami is a mom to two-year-old identical twin girls. When she's not playing with her girls and their toys at home in Park Slope, Brooklyn, she can be found reviewing the latest and greatest toys on TTPM.

  • Lamar Tyler

    Lamar Tyler is the co-founder of Black and Married with Kids, the largest independent African American marriage and parenting site on the web. Armed with a passion for empowering married couples and a knowledge of how to leverage social media, Lamar has taken BMWK from a small personal blog to an international brand that also boasts four independently produced films and a social media presence that includes nearly 200,000 Facebook fans.

  • NYC Dads Group

    NYC Dads Group is a diverse and growing community of fathers who take an active role in our children's lives. We seek to bring fathers together in person and online as we share our voice to redefine what it means to be a dad in the 21st century. Through our blog, meetup group, podcast, speaking engagements, new dad bootcamp workshops, and social media we hope to reinforce the idea that dads can be just as nurturing (or distant), capable (or inept), and confident (or scared) as mothers. NYC Dads Group are frequently featured in local and national media including The Today Show, Katie, Nightline, New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, CNN, CBS Sunday Morning, Business Week, Parenting Magazine, NY Daily News, NY Family Magazine, and Time Out New York: Kids.

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