Acknowledgement Policy

The Parenting Patch’s “Acknowledgement Policy” is valid from February 25, 2012 to the present. [Updated on May 4, 2014.]

The Parenting Patch is a personal blog written and edited by Heather Johnson and James Johnson with guest bloggers chosen by Heather and James. For questions about this blog, please contact Heather Johnson at heather@parentingpatch.com.

The Parenting Patch and its authors are FTC compliant, believing in transparency and integrity.

The Parenting Patch does accept monetary compensation in exchange for product reviews. The Parenting Patch also accepts and keeps free products from companies and organizations for review and giveaway purposes. Generally, these products are in the form of the product that The Parenting Patch is reviewing and/or giving away, gift cards, and coupons for the purchase of the product to be reviewed. The Parenting Patch may accept services, travel expenses, event tickets, and other forms of compensation occasionally.

Compensation, however, will never influence the opinions of the writers at The Parenting Patch. All opinions in all reviews are honest. Compensation received will never influence content. The Parenting Patch rarely posts a negative review for a compensated product. If a product is not up to the standards of The Parenting Patch, the sponsor will be contacted and given the choice of having The Parenting Patch not post the review or having The Parenting Patch post the negative aspects of the product.

The Parenting Patch does accept payment for advertisements. However, compensation received will never influence the content, topics, opinions, or posts published on The Parenting Patch.

The Parenting Patch would like to disclose the following existing relationships. The Parenting Patch frequently posts about immediate family members. If mentioned in a review or giveaway, these family members have not been paid for these posts either. All opinions published on The Parenting Patch are merely opinions.

The views and opinions expressed on The Parenting Patch are purely the views and opinions of Heather Johnson and James Johnson. If we claim or appear to be experts on a certain topic or product or service area, then we will only endorse products or services that we believe, based on our expertise, are worthy of such endorsement. Any product claim, statistic, quotation, or other representation about a product or service should be verified with the manufacturer or provider. The Parenting Patch will not be held responsible or liable for any adverse reactions, injury, or death resulting from products or services reviewed or given away on this blog. The Parenting Patch suggests consulting a medical professional about or researching any product mention on this blog prior to use or consumption.

All medical and health information published on The Parenting Patch is for informational purposes only and is not meant to replace the professional medical advice from a doctor or health care provider.

Types of Posts

The following buttons will appear will appear on all reviews and other pertinent posts to describe the compensation, if any, received for each individual post. Each Post Level is described in further detail below.

Level 1 Post

Level 1 Post: The Parenting Patch was provided product sample(s) to facilitate this review. All opinions are those of The Parenting Patch only. The compensation or sample has no bearing on the opinions stated in post. A product was provided by the company mentioned in the review or the PR agency representing said company.

Level 2 Post

Level 2 Post: No compensation was received for this review or post. The product or service is something that The Parenting Patch feels strongly about or wants to share with its readers.

Level 3 Post

Level 3 Post: This is a blog event that The Parenting Patch was invited to which involved travel.  The Parenting Patch was provided with transportation, food, lodging, and/or other travel related expenses for the trip mentioned in the post.  All opinions herein are those of The Parenting Patch only. Compensation provided has no bearing whatsoever on the opinions stated in the post.

Level 4 Post

Level 4 Post: The Parenting Patch was compensated for hosting this giveaway or contest. A sponsor provided the prize to the winner of the giveaway.  All non-self-sponsored giveaways are considered Level 4 because The Parenting Patch did not provide the prize to the winner. The Parenting Patch may additionally have either received a product before, during, or after the giveaway post or was compensated monetarily.

Level 5 Post

Level 5 Post: This is a paid post. The Parenting Patch was compensated by the company mentioned in the post or the PR agency representing the company for writing the post.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Heather Johnson at heather@parentingpatch.com.