Become a Mothering Maven Today!
The Mothering Mavens Program is designed to connect brands with our most passionate members in order to help create better natural and sustainable products for our families.
Being a Mothering Maven is a great way to:
- Get new products to try out
- Have your voice heard and have a positive impact on the way natural products are created and marketed
- Get special offers that are exclusive to the Mothering Mavens
- Meet other natural moms who are as passionate as you are!
As a Mothering Maven you will be expected to:
- Review products, participate in surveys and contribute to focus groups
- Respond to Mothering Mavens communication in a timely manner
- Be polite and courteous with your feedback – we encourage honest discussion but we want to make sure it’s constructive and good-natured
- Be discreet with any sensitive information that is disclosed to you such as a new product that has not yet been released
How can you get “in”, you ask? There are a few criteria. You must be:
- An active member of the community
- Accessible, articulate, trustworthy and able to communicate your opinions effectively and with good detail
- Able to commit to sampling a product and leaving a review, completing a survey or participating in a focus group within 10 days of receiving the product
Want to become a Mothering Maven? Just complete the questionnaire and we’ll be in touch if you are selected!
Frequently Asked Questions
How can I join the Mothering Mavens Program?
You can apply to join the program by selecting the “Apply” link above and completing the survey. The Mothering Maven team will review your application and we’ll be in touch within 2 weeks if you get selected to join the program.
How do you select Program participants?
We select Program participants from the most active and engaged members of our community. We look at a number of factors, including but not limited to a candidate’s historical reviews on Mothering.com, their general level of community participation, the clarity and quality of content they’ve posted on the site, and their level of respect within the community.
How will I know if I’ve been selected to become a Mothering Maven?
After you’ve applied, the Mothering team will review your application. If you’re selected we’ll be in touch within two weeks. You’ll receive a link to the private Mothering Mavens forum and can start posting to the General forum immediately.
How will I know if I’ve been accepted to participate in a particular Mothering Mavens offer?
If you’ve been chosen, you will receive a message with further instructions. We ask that you respond to all product-sampling offers within three days. If you are not interested or will not be able to fulfill the responsibilities of any particular product sampling, please respond promptly so we can offer your sample to another Maven. Refusing a sample will not hurt your chances of receiving an offer in the future.
Will I ever be charged for the samples or have to send them back?
No, you will never be charged for a sample and you will never have to send them back, they’re yours for you and your family to enjoy!
Am I expected to only write positive reviews?
Absolutely not. We are looking for your honest feedback about the products you review. We do, however, ask that you conform to the posting guidelines included in the Mothering Mavens Program Terms of Participation.
Will participants be paid?
No. Program participants are not paid for their participation.
Do I get anything for participating in a program?
The main reward of being a Mothering Maven is having your voice heard and knowing that you are helping to create better products for your family. However, if a particular offer includes a sample then you always get to keep the sample. For focus groups or surveys there will likely be contests where you can win great prizes too!
Do I have to purchase the products that are provided to me for review?
No. The products and product samples are provided by sponsoring vendors who are interested in receiving feedback on their products from Mothering.com’s active and engaged community. They value your feedback and believe that receiving it will help them to improve their product offerings.
What can I do to increase my odds of sampling more products?
The best way to increase your odds is to participate in the General Mothering Mavens forum and more broadly in the Mothering community. To increase your odds of continuing to receive products please respond to all product-sampling requests in a timely manner and with thoughtful, helpful feedback.
Will I be receiving products for review before they are released to the general public?
Some, though not all, of the products offered for review as part of the Mothering Mavens Program will be pre-release products.
Will Sponsoring Vendors be able to contact me directly?
No. Your product reviews will be submitted directly to Mothering.com and sponsoring vendors will not be routinely provided with your contact information. If a sponsoring vendor does request contact with you we will seek your explicit personal consent prior to providing your contact information.
Can the sponsoring vendor use my feedback or review?
Yes. Pursuant to the Mothering Maven Program Terms of Participation you are providing Mothering.com and the sponsoring vendor with a license to use all or any part of the review content you submit in connection with your review of the sponsoring vendor’s product. This license does include the right to use the user name you submit in connection with your review. Generally, your feedback will be used internally by sponsors to influence how they create products and talk to moms. But sponsors do reserve the right to use quotes from focus groups or surveys in their advertising on the Mothering.com website and in other materials.
Can I participate if I live outside the US?
Unfortunately, right now we can only accept Mothering members living with the 48 contiguous US states. We hope to open an international application soon!
Please see our Terms of Participation here.