Melaina Juntti

Melaina Juntti is a freelance journalist and editor whose work has appeared in a wide range of consumer-facing and industry print and digital publications including Fatherly, Men's Journal, and MSN. She covers a breadth of topics but specializes in health, wellness, nutrition, dietary supplements, food business, and agriculture. Melaina is an avid outdoorswoman and live music fanatic who lives in Madison, Wisconsin, with her husband and yellow lab, JoJo.

Using Your Words

Want To Raise A High-Achieving Kid? Talk To Your Toddler Like This

The way you talk to toddlers can determine how well they do in school.

Forging New Traditions

How to Start a Tradition That Actually Lasts

Family traditions are an expression of values, identity, and personal history. This is why building one that lasts is such a weighty, and worthy, task.

Cold And Flu

Does Elderberry Work As An Immune Booster Or Is It Bunk?

You feel a cold coming and, naturally, you reach for the elderberry syrup. But does that make any scientific sense? Here's what the studies say.


Can Smoking Weed Make You Lose Weight?

Some compelling data points to the idea that pot use and weight loss are linked. Really.

Child Development

Your Kid’s Brain Development In The First 1,000 Days: A Cheat Sheet

The brain develops faster through the first 1,000 days of life than at any other time. Here's what you need to know.


What Does Weed Do To Your Brain And Body?

A play-by-play on what happens when you smoke pot or take an edible.


It’s Time To Stop Calling Autism “Asperger’s”

"Asperger's" hasn't been an official diagnosis since 2013. More recently, its namesake was outed as a Nazi sympathizer. It's time for the name to go.


What Happens If A Kid Eats Edibles?

If you have edibles in your house, there's a chance your kid could eat them. Here's what happens if they do.

Mental Health

This Weird Hugging Technique Will Fix Your Anxiety

Can a self-hug help alleviate anxiety and fight depression? The science is promising.


If You Have To Choose One, Should You Sleep Or Exercise?

Sometimes you're faced with a binary choice: Get more rest or hit the gym. Which one will give your day, and week, a boost?


The Truth About Fiber Supplements For Kids

Is it okay to give kids fiber supplements? It's complicated.


My Dog Ate Weed. Now What?

Animal Poison Control Center fielded a whopping 765% more calls about dogs eating weed in 2019 than it had the year prior.


Inattentive ADHD Is A Quiet Crisis That’s Leaving Girls Behind

A form of ADHD that shows itself in quiet, spacey, withdrawn children and adults usually flies under the radar. This is a problem.


What Happens To Your Body When You Stop Drinking

The effects are wide-ranging, fast, and enough to give any drinker pause.


Why Do Babies Hiccup So Much? For Brain Development. Seriously. 

Baby hiccups might seem like a strange quirk or muscle development, but they're so very much more than that.

Child Development

Do Your Toddler’s Tantrums Point To A Bigger Problem? Here’s How To Know.

A new study offers clues as to how to tell the difference between everyday tantrums and ones that are signs of bigger issues.


Do Kids Need Iron Supplements?

It's tempting to give your broccoli-hating kids an iron supplement. First, try this.


Some Men Check Out Women Constantly. Are They More Likely To Cheat?

Checking out gorgeous people isn't cheating. But it also isn't far removed from it.


15 Truly Unbelievable Ways Science Changed the World in 2021

From the fastest vaccine rollout ever to finding 2.5 billion T. rexes, 2021 was full of amazing scientific breakthroughs.


The Truth About Acupuncture During Birth

More women are getting acupuncture and acupressure during birth. But is it safe?