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


Finding comfort in a familiar friend

Earlier this month I had the pleasure of reading through dozens of essay contest submissions for our fourth annual contest, in which I asked kids and teens to answer the question: “What is your most prized possession?”

Great gifts for moms and their babies

If you are looking for a baby shower present, or you are a mom or mom-to-be who wants to buy something special for the baby, here are a few suggestions from ParentingNH.

Welcome to the new ParentingNH

It’s been a big year for ParentingNH — including winning eight national awards and celebrating our 25th anniversary — and it culminates with re-launching the magazine this month.

Lawmakers must reject the school choice bill

In an editorial published last May, I argued Senate Bill 193, New Hampshire’s school choice bill, was a bad idea. Even with some changes over the past several months, it still is.

Focusing on matters closer to home

It is pitch black outside, save for a streetlight or two. It’s very quiet and peaceful. The air is calm and still.    And I’m lying awake thinking about North Korea. The worries I have about the future and the world…

Shining a light on democracy

The existence of a free press, guaranteed by the First Amendment of the Constitution, is what separates a democratic country from an authoritarian one.

Hate is not just a phase

The signs that a tragedy is imminent may be staring us in the face, but we don’t always pay enough attention or take them seriously.

Deconstructing democracy

Parenting New Hampshire has published several special series through the years on topics including teens and tweens, bullying, charter schools and learning styles, but this month we start our most ambitious series to date.  Over the past year, people’s interest…

Defining perfection in 2017

How would you describe your perfect day? This is the question we want kids to answer as part of our third annual Young Writers Essay Contest. Who would they spend the day with? What would they do? Where would they…

Eliminating education law is not the answer

Under HR 610, the most far-reaching piece of legislation regarding education ever passed by Congress would be completely wiped off the books. There would be no federal regulations governing schools. One bill would erase 50 years of progress in education.

Life lessons learned in a Super Bowl win

It’s still hard for me to wrap my head around the fact that they had a less than 1 percent chance of winning, yet they played as if they were in a tie game. To do this, you need more than talent and strong skills; it’s more than X’s and O’s and managing the clock.

Step back to take a step forward

Maybe like me you are feeling stressed out, or at the least are uncertain about where we go from here now that the ballots have been counted.

Sometimes accidents happen

The Internet and social media are akin to the Wild West — a place where anything goes and where the world is black and white, good vs. evil.

Equality for all

Even though we have reached the milestone of a woman being a major party's nominee for president and have come a long way since the early 20th century, women still face an uphill battle.

Our purple cow turns 6 this year

What I like most about our annual reader’s poll is that it puts the spotlight on the businesses, places and people that help to make New Hampshire a wonderful and special place to live and visit.

What kind of America do you want to live in?

On June 12, hundreds of club-goers went to Pulse Nightclub in Orlando to enjoy a night out. As of press time, 49 of them would be dead — victims of the worst mass shooting in American history.

The bully pulpit

Bullies aren’t born; they are made. Children aren’t born haters; they learn to hate.

Introducing the Family Summer Fun Guide

This full-color magazine is the ultimate resource for parents who are looking for things to do and places to go throughout New Hampshire with their families this summer.

Of primary importance

All of the campaigning culminates at the ballot box on Tuesday, Feb. 9, the centennial of New Hampshire’s first-in-the-nation primary.

Young Writers Essay Contest 2015

Congratulations to the winners of Parenting New Hampshire’s first-ever Young Writers Essay Contest! After reading the submissions, there is no doubt that there are many talented young writers in the Granite State. Contest entrants answered the essay question: If you…

Encouraging Young Writers

I'm excited to announce the first-ever winners of our Young Writers Essay Contest in this month's issue.

Striving to be the best

This month, we are excited to once again recognize the best that New Hampshire has to offer families living in the Granite State.  Thank you to all our readers who took the time to complete our online survey over the…