Meagan Francis, Author: Meagan Francis (St. Joseph, MI) is a parenting author, blogger, and columnist who is a Contributor to Parenting, Yahoo! Shine, Babble.com, and The New York Times' Motherlode blog. She has been featured in interviews on NBC, MSNBC, and in the Sunday Styles section of The New York Times, and quoted in publications including Woman's Day, The Seattle Times, Chicago Sun-Times, and more. Francis has been invited to speak at writers' Conferences like the American Society of Journalists and Authors, and was asked by Yahoo! executives to participate as a member of Yahoo!'s Motherboard, a small group of influential mom bloggers. She posts frequently at her popular blog, TheHappiestMom.com.
Parenting Magazine, Contributor: Shawn Bean is executive editor of Parenting and Babytalk magazines, each with a circulation of over two million. That’s right: a guy editing magazines about babies. He is a pro football fanatic who also knows the best brand of binkies. He can hook up a DVD player and swaddle a newborn. Dad to Jackson, 6, and Tanner, 4, Bean has not only tackled serious topics like detecting autism in babies and toddlers, but he also pens "Pop Culture," a monthly humor column about dad’s place in modern society. Thanks to his fertility and parenting know-how, Bean has appeared on the Today show, ABC News, and CNN. He lives in Melbourne, Florida, where family time often means fielding questions about body parts, ninjas, monsters, and lava.