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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