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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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Sorry, Grandma, We're Not Coming Home For The Holidays

We’ve all heard the old adage: There’s no place like home for the holidays. But let’s face it, it’s not always true. Whether it’s avoiding family drama or simply saving funds, I’ve learned that taking care of myself sometimes means staying put and skipping the yuletide cheer. Sure, mom missed... more

The 5 Biggest Decisions You'll Make Before Your Baby Turns 1

Like most new parents, I spent a lot of my baby’s first year on the internet. After the baby fell asleep, I was up — sometimes late into the night — researching infant milestones, reading other moms’ experiences and, very often, desperately seeking advice. The first year, I read, was... more

8 Common Parenting Disagreements Couples Have — And How To Handle Them

First comes love, then comes marriage, then comes… constant disagreements over how to handle the finances, what to feed your toddler and exactly who did the dishes last. If you feel like you and your partner bicker more now that you have children, you’re not alone: In one study, 90... more

6 Mistakes I Made My First Year As A Mom — Which You Can Avoid

The journey of becoming a new parent is as beautiful and joyous as it is messy and exhausting. Most of all, it’s a learning experience. My son, Oscar, will be turning 1 in just under a month, and as we inch closer to this milestone, I’ve been reflecting back a... more

What To Do When Grandma Doesn’t Respect Your Parenting Rules

I often find myself wishing my family lived closer to either set of grandparents. From free childcare and frequent family dinners to having that constant source of advice and moral support, there are a lot of advantages to having Grandma and Grandpa present and involved in your child’s daily life... more

Follow These 8 Steps For A Clean House In A Snap

If you consider cleaning your house as picking up your children’s toys, clearing last night’s ice cream bowls from the coffee table or helping your husband’s dirty gym shirt find its way to the hamper, you’re not alone. Most people don’t give their home a proper deep cleaning as often... more

8 Questions That’ll Get Kids To Open Up About Their Day

Just this week, my 9-month-old said his first word — that, or my husband and I are projecting “mama” onto his usual unintelligible babble. We welcome the years of incessant toddler chatter, but we know that  before we blink, he’ll be in his teenage years, not exactly dying to talk... more