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Melissa P.

New York, NY

Melissa Petro is a freelance writer, writing instructor and work-at-home mom living in New York City.

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Toddler Tantrums And Antics: 5 Tips For Parents Managing The ‘terrible Twos’

It seems like just yesterday I had a sweet little baby, all smiles and coos. Sure, he cried and pooped a lot — and those round-the-clock feedings nearly did me in — but at least he never threw himself howling onto the ground because I wouldn’t let him dip his... more

5 Fears And Facts About Co-Sleeping

Prior to parenthood, you have it all figured out: Folded onesies neatly line a drawer. A toy chest of adorable stuffed animals decorates a corner of the nursery. And, of course, you have the centerpiece of every newborn baby’s nursery: the crib. Then, the baby arrives and all those best-laid... more

6 Questions You Should Never Ask New Moms

From the moment a little one makes his or her appearance, new moms field a lot of questions. We’re cross-examined by our family, friends, the pediatrician, even people we don’t know. At least once a week, I’ll be sitting in a coffee shop or some other public space with my... more

Are You Ready For A 2nd Baby? 6 Questions To Help You Decide

If you’re an overwhelmed parent of one child, and hyperventilating at the idea of trying for baby No. 2, you’re not alone. My husband and I — like an increasing number of Americans — sit on the proverbial fence. While we always intended on having two or more children — and... more

8 Big, Fat Parenting Anxieties And How To Cope With Them

As a mother, it seems as if I spend an inordinate amount of time imagining all the terrible things that could go wrong. From the day I brought my baby home, I worried. I worried that I’d drop him. He’d catch a cold. I feared he’d stop breathing in his... more

We All Lie To Our Kids’ Pediatricians. Here’s What You Can Do About It

According to a recent study, between 60 and 80 percent of patients say they haven’t told their doctors the truth or have withheld information from them. For parents and their children’s pediatricians, experts say there are even more compelling reasons to lie. While “well-child” checkups aren’t required by law, they... more

I Get Bored As A Stay-At-Home Mom. Here Are 7 Ways To Beat The Boredom And Burnout

For a host of practical reasons, becoming a stay-at-home mom was the right choice for me and my family. And yet, despite loving my 16-month-old son and generally enjoying the time we spend together, there’s no denying some days drag. While my husband’s off doing who knows what exciting grown-up... more

6 Unexpected Ways Life Changes When You Become A Mom

Fifteen months after I pushed my son out of my body and onto this earth, I’m only beginning to come to grips with how motherhood has altered me. While I’d anticipated certain challenges — having to renegotiate how I balance my career and family life, for example — others were... more