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


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…

Hands off (starting in July)

If you still have one eye on your phone and one eye on the road, it’s time to put the phone down, or risk being fined.

Ban the tan

It’s in our children’s best interests that HB 136 becomes law in the near future.

Put it down in writing

One of the most important things my mother taught me at a young age is the art of sending cards.

NH's first in the nation (and for good reason)

In the past few years I’ve developed a penchant for traveling; a real need to see the world. Yes, me. The same person who dreaded sleeping over someone’s house. The same person who bawled when her parents dropped her off…