About Us

At Parents, our mission is simple—to provide you with trustworthy advice and a supportive community as you raise the next generation of confident and compassionate kids. 

Parenthood is rewarding, but we all know it's not always easy—and it definitely comes with a lot of questions. Since 1926, Parents has been committed to supporting caregivers through every step of the parenting journey—from those big life decisions to the memory-making moments.

Our team of editors, writers, and experts have seen it all and many of us are parents, too. We recognize that parenthood is constantly evolving. That's why it's important that we continue to be your source for information that is always up-to-date, accurate, and practical. Our goal is to lighten your load and, whenever possible, give you a reason to laugh.

At Parents, you'll find real-talk on pregnancy and childhood milestones, judgment-free advice that empowers and supports you at every stage of the journey, and important conversations on mental health, family dynamics, and what it means to be a parent in these challenging times.

It's no wonder our community of 9 million caregivers a month comes to us for our comprehensive, inclusive, and honest parenting content. You can rely on Parents to give you the knowledge you need to make the best decisions for your family.

Expert Review Board

The Parents Expert Review Board is made up of a diverse group of recognized experts with up-to-date credentials and certifications, a science-backed view of health and parenting topics, and a passion for sharing accurate information.

With their help, the Parents editorial team can make sure the very best, unbiased parenting information gets into the hands of millions of users and helps create impactful, positive change.

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Editorial Guidelines

We work hard to provide accurate, reliable, credible, engaging, and balanced parenting information to our readers. Our team of experienced editors works with well-established and award-winning parenting journalists to create the content you read on Parents.

To ensure our content is as trustworthy as possible, we rely on science-backed research, use primary sources, and feature leading experts as sources in our articles—including top-tier pediatricians, child psychologists, OB-GYNs, labor and delivery nurses, doulas, lactation consultants, sleep specialists, and more.

We also uphold the Dotdash Meredith Content Integrity Promise.

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Core Values

The values we share at Parents inspire the content we create and reflect our commitment to caregivers from all walks of life. They are at the heart of everything we do.

  • Empathy: We see, hear, and understand you and constantly reflect on ways to do better by everyone who comes to us.
  • Inclusivity: We value diverse voices, experiences, and perspectives, and appreciate our differences as well as the common threads that unite us.
  • Connection: We believe in the power of community to uplift in tough times, find the funny during the in-between times, and band together to create positive change. 
  • Honesty : We recognize the magical and messy parts of parenting, taking a non-judgmental approach to everything we do. 
  • Guidance: We deliver expert-vetted advice and real-world solutions that are easy to understand, lighten your load, and make you feel supported as you make the best decisions for your family with more assurance and less stress.
  • Kindness: We stand up for kindness and compassion in a world that can often feel divided.
  • Dependability: We continue to evolve since our launch in 1926, making sure to stay ahead of the shifting parenting landscape as we build on the trust you have always shown us.

Community Guidelines

Parents is committed to creating inclusive and safe spaces across our social media platforms. Our team of experienced writers and editors, the families we showcase in our content, and the readers who rely on us for information and advice all deserve and expect quality interactions while discussing topics that touch our lives as parents. 

We established community guidelines to make sure all conversations on our social media accounts remain respectful and accurate and uphold our brand’s core values.

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Diverse Voices and Experiences

At Parents, we strive to be inclusive of all parents and family experiences, acknowledging gender, class, race, and ethnicity. We work with a widely diverse group of writers, editors, and expert sources and continually update our style guide and content to include more inclusive language and remove outdated gender references or assumptions about caregivers.

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Meet Our Team

Jon Roberts
Jon Roberts, Ph.D.
President, Dotdash Meredith Health & Finance

Jon Roberts, Ph.D. is President of Health & Finance at Dotdash Meredith. He has been with Dotdash Meredith since 2013 and previously held roles as Chief Innovation Officer and Head of Data Science, where he derived insights from more than 20 years of internet data across thousands of topics. He lives in New York City.

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Rachel Berman
Rachel Berman, RD
SVP and Group General Manager, Family & Wellness

Rachel Berman, RD, is SVP and Group General Manager, Family and Wellness at Dotdash Meredith, a registered dietitian, and published author. She has been with Dotdash Meredith for 10+ years and oversees the content and business strategies for Verywell Mind, Verywell Family, Parents, and Verywell Fit. Rachel has a 3-year-old son.

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Emily Rose
Emily Rose
VP & General Manager

Emily Rose is the VP & General Manager of Parents, where she leads the editorial and business strategies for the brand. She has been with Dotdash Meredith for 10 years and previously managed the editorial teams at Verywell Mind, Verywell Family, and Verywell Fit. She is a winner of the 2021 PM360 ELITE 100 Leaders of the Future award. Emily lives in Jersey City, NJ and has a 1-year-old daughter.

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Grace Bastidas, Editor-in-Chief of Parents
Grace Bastidas
Editor-in-Chief

Grace Bastidas is the Editor-in-Chief of Parents. A bilingual New Yorker raising two daughters, she also hosts the podcast That New Mom Life. Before her current role, she was the founding editor and content director of Parents Latina, a multicultural brand reaching moms and dads across the country. She has written for the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and New York, and has always been passionate about giving voice to underrepresented communities. Grace is proud to serve as an ambassador for the Good+ Foundation, a nonprofit working to break the cycle of family poverty.

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Melissa Bykofsky, Executive Editor
Melissa Bykofsky
Editorial Director, Trends & Features

Melissa Bykofsky is the Editorial Director of Trends and Features at Parents and oversees the site's digital spotlights, guides, and trend content. Melissa has been on the Parents team since 2017 and was previously an editor at Woman's Day, Redbook, and Marie Claire. She is also a journalism instructor at her alma mater, Binghamton University, and earned her Master's in journalism from Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY. Melissa lives in New York City and is mom to an energetic 1-year-old.

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Kelly GLass
Kelly Glass
Editorial Director, Kindred by Parents

Kelly Glass is the editorial director of Kindred by Parents, where she oversees the coverage that matters to the people raising the next generation of Black children. Previously, she was an editor at Romper and an independent journalist whose work focused on the intersections of parenting, race, health, and policy. Her bylines can be found in the New York Times, the Washington Post, What to Expect, TODAY, The Lily, Glamour, National Geographic, Scary Mommy, and more. She's also a Chicago native and mom to two boys and a rescue dog.

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Melissa Mills
Melissa Mills
Associate Editorial Director

Melissa Mills is the Associate Editorial Director of Parents. She's been with the team since 2020, previously acting as a writer and copy/research editor. Formerly, she was the senior manager of editorial operations at Bustle Digital Group where she helped launch the Bustle app and worked with teams across editorial, social media, video, and branded. Her work has appeared in Bustle, Romper, Glamour, and Reader's Digest. Melissa lives in New Jersey with her husband, two insanely energetic sons, and a very cute mini goldendoodle.

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Celeste Little, Senior Editor, Kindred
Celeste Little
Senior Editor, Kindred by Parents

Celeste Little has been a journalist since 2011, working in every facet of media, from television to newspapers and digital media. She has expertly reported, written, edited, and commissioned stories about diverse subjects for outlets like Man Repeller, HelloGiggles, Clever, and InStyle. Celeste prizes storytelling that highlights untold perspectives and promotes equality, as both a writer and an editor. 

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Sona Charaipotra, Senior Editor, Trends & Features
Sona Charaipotra
Senior Editor, Trends & Features

Sona Charaipotra joined the Parents team as the Senior Editor of Trends & Features in 2021. Previously, she held editorial roles at The Bump, What to Expect, Barnes & Noble, and People, and she's written for publications from the New York Times to TeenVogue. Sona is also the author of the YA books Symptoms of a Heartbreak and How Maya Got Fierce, and co-author of Rumor Game and Tiny Pretty Things, now a Netflix original series. Sona lives in New York City with her writer husband and two superhero kids. When she's not on deadline (or even when she is!), find her on the web talking about books, Bollywood movies, and chai.

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Kaity Velez, Senior Editor, Parents Latina
Kaity Velez
Special Projects Editor

Kaity Velez is Special Projects Editor at Parents. She was previously the Senior Editor of Parents Latina. A Brooklyn born Latinx mom of two kids, she is dedicated to creating a better experience for parents by creating meaningful content and building community. She's passionate about diversity and equity and cares deeply about the social emotional wellness of the generations we're raising.

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Anna Halkidis, Features Editor
Anna Halkidis
Features Editor

Anna Halkidis is the Features Editor at Parents, with more than 10 years of experience as a digital journalist. She's a native New Yorker and proud aunt to a 2-year-old niece and nephew on the way.

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Nicole Harris, SEO Editor
Nicole Harris
Editor

Nicole Harris is the Editor at Parents. She joined the team in 2018 as a Staff Writer and was promoted to SEO Editor in 2021. She now covers everything from children's health to parenting trends. Nicole's writing has appeared in Martha Stewart Weddings, Good Housekeeping, The Knot, BobVila.com, and other publications. A graduate of Syracuse University, Nicole currently lives in New Jersey with her husband.

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Amber Leventry, Editor, News & Trends
Amber Leventry
Editor, News & Trends

Amber Leventry is Editor of News & Trends at Parents and a seasoned writer who has focused much of their career on writing about parenting through a queer lens. They advocate for all LGBTQIA+ individuals and are a professional inclusivity educator. They have three kids, two are twins. None of them are quiet.

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Jasmine Purdie
Jasmine Purdie
Visuals Editor, Kindred by Parents

Jasmine Purdie is the Visuals Editor, overseeing the visual asset creation at Kindred by Parents. Before joining the Kindred team she helped create visuals for HelloGiggles, AARP, and Bustle. Her favorite place to be is behind a camera but she also loves spending time with her nieces and nephews, making art, and watching reruns of her favorite sitcoms.

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A. Rochaun Meadows Fernandez
A. Rochaun Meadows-Fernandez
Associate Editor, Kindred by Parents

A. Rochaun Meadows-Fernandez is the Associate Editor at Kindred by Parents. She's also a research-based storyteller who processes the world through her award-winning writing.

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Kimberly Zapata
Kimberly Zapata
Associate Editor

Kimberly Zapata is the Associate Editor at Parents. Her parenting, health, and wellness work has been published on numerous websites, including Health, Healthline, Parade, Washington Post, Huffington Post, Oprah, The Mighty, Mic, and Vice. She is also the founder and creator of Greater Than: Illness, an organization dedicated to empowering teens and young adults struggling with mental illness. And when she is not writing—or working—she is caring for her two children, aged 8 and 3.

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Parents is part of Dotdash Meredith, the largest digital and print publisher in America. Dotdash Meredith is an operating business of IAC. From mobile to magazines, nearly 200 million people trust us to help them make decisions, take action, and find inspiration. Dotdash Meredith's over 50 iconic brands include PEOPLE, Better Homes & Gardens, Verywell, FOOD & WINE, The Spruce, Allrecipes, Byrdie, REAL SIMPLE, Investopedia, Southern Living, and more.

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