Melanie Hitchcock

ParentingNH Editor

Granite State native Melanie Hitchcock has been Editor of ParentingNH since August 2008.

In her almost two decades of being a  journalist she has worked as a reporter, page designer, copy editor and assigning editor at both weekly and daily newspapers. She was also an adjunct professor at UNH-Manchester.

You can reach Melanie by e-mail at


Remembering my mother

I don’t think anyone, no matter the situation or circumstances, is prepared to lose their parent. We always think we have more time.

100 years, with a long road ahead

This month marks 100 years since the ratification of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution that guaranteed women the right to vote.

Dad over board

After 12 years, Bill is wrapping up his column this month, his daughter off to college, and the opinion I had of him after our first meeting has never wavered: Bill is one of the nicest people I’ve ever known.

Closer to the he(art)

I started to think about the relationship of art to humanity recently because I was trying to figure out why I was profoundly sad over the death of a musician and writer I had never met.

The future is now

Consider what we have in 2020 that we didn’t have at the end of 2009: Alexa and Siri and smart appliances; Uber and Lyft, the iPad, Netflix streaming, Spotify, Venmo, even self-driving cars.

The 12 events of Christmas

Check out these family-friendly can’t-miss holiday happenings taking place in December throughout the Granite State.

Thankful for the small things

When I see a social media posting titled, “Things I am Grateful for — Day 49,” my immediate thought is that whoever wrote it is lying.      

Control the message

What if you share a lie — or worse, one that is slanderous or harmful or creates chaos?

Democracy in your backyard

Where can you meet a senator from California, a mayor from South Bend, Ind., and a former Vice President of the United States? Well, in New Hampshire, of course.

Hampton Beach fun — if you are over 21

Hampton Beach is known for being an inexpensive, fun, family-friendly destination in the summer. But there’s also plenty of adult fun to be had every day of the week.

These teens have our attention

Early in April, Dartmouth-Hitchcock hosted its first-ever Youth Summit, two days of exploring issues that impact youth and families.

Bunches of brunches

A number of New Hampshire restaurants have special brunch menus. Here are a few standouts.

Hard work evens the playing field

Instead of breaking out the checkbook, the best thing parents can do for their kids is to encourage them to excel, to take ownership of their education and become lifelong learners

Sláinte! It’s time to get your Irish on

Whether you are Irish — or Irish just for the day — there’s no shortage of places where you can drink beer, hang out, and party your shamrocks off on St. Patrick’s Day, March 17.

Vote local

In New Hampshire, the politics that most affect families, specifically those who own homes, are at the local level.

Show some love to your community

In addition to spending time with your sweetheart, why not show your community some love by volunteering or donating to an organization that’s making life better for children and families?