Jillian Pretzel Jillian Pretzel is a freelance journalist based in California. She loves writing about parenting, health, and homes. She's written for The Washington Post, Good Housekeeping, and Romper. About Parents Parents, a Dotdash Meredith Brand, is an award-winning online resource for trustworthy, empathetic, and supportive information and inspiration for your families. We reach 9 million readers a month. Our content is written by experienced journalists, fact checked, and reviewed by our Expert Review Board for accuracy. Learn more about us and our editorial guidelines.