Melissa Willets

Title: Freelance writer
Education: Bucknell University, BA
Location: St. Augustine, FL
Expertise: Parenting, pregnancy and pop culture

Melissa Willets is a writer with over a decade of experience working for leading parenting and pop culture sites.


Her original work has been featured on, and in The New York Times, The Washington Post, and the Daily Mail. She has taken part in segments for HLN and the BBC to talk about parenting and marriage.

Especially after the pandemic, I know the health of my family is all that matters. Period.

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Latest from Melissa Willets
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Is Bringing Food for Your Kids to Restaurants Ingenious or Impolite?
Mexican mother and father sitting with their teenage children and listening to their daughter.
Bigger Parenting Challenge—Toddlers or Teens?
Best Gifts for 2-Year-Olds
The Best Gifts for 2-Year-Olds With Active Minds and Bodies
School Spirit List
Are Today's School Spirit Days Too Much? The Struggle is Real for Parents
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7 Ways to Get in the Mood for Pregnancy Sex
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Mother's Day Is Not Really About Me—Because, Grandmas
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'Weird' Bonding Moments Between Parents and Kids That Only They Understand
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Book Fair At School? Expect Your Kid To Bring Home Everything But Books
An image of a doctor holding a woman's hand.
What the IVF Process Is Really Like
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The 8 Best Period and Ovulation Tracker Apps
illustration of woman in a nursery simultaneously mourning her stillborn twins and decorating nursery for newborn
What to Expect With Pregnancy After Stillbirth
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Study Shows Babies Know When You're Angry and Want to Appease You
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This Interactive Map Shows the Cost of Childbirth Worldwide
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Jennifer Aniston’s IVF Story Reminds Us Why We Shouldn’t Speculate About People’s Desire To Have Children
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What Is a 'Geriatric' Pregnancy?
An image of a woman laying on her bed.
What Happens to Your Body and Hormones After a Miscarriage
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An Age-By-Age Guide To Your Kid's Hygiene
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Study: Grandparents Who Follow Outdated Parenting Advice May Unintentionally Pose Risks to Their Grandkids
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Dad Hilariously Edits Wife's Baby Care Instructions
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I'm a Mom of Four, and Here's Why Having One Kid Is Harder Than Any Other Number of Children
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Language Needs To Change Around Terms Used To Describe People Who Get Pregnant Later in Life
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This Mom Nailed How Ridiculous Parenting Double Standards Are in Just One Blog Post
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People Are Renting Airbnbs for Home Births—but Not Everybody Thinks It's a Good Idea