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.


What Happens To Your Body When You Stop Smoking Pot

Looking to stop smoking pot? Good for you! But be prepared for withdrawal symptoms that can last days, weeks, or even months.


What Happens To Your Body When You Stop Drinking, Day By Day

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


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.


Can Smoking Weed Make You Lose Weight?

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


The Best Sunscreens For Babies And Kids Are Also The Best For You

ByMelaina Juntti and Lauryn Higgins

Kids’ sunscreen is the best sunscreen out there — for adults, too. These are our top six.

Air Quality

The Air In Your Home Is Making Your Family Sick. Here’s What To Do About It.

You might want to blame daycare, your colleagues, or kids who don't wash hands for getting your family sick, but there's a far more likely culprit.

Catching Zzz's

6 Sleep Survival Tips For Night Owl Parents

Night owls, this world is not meant for your sleep habits and probably never will be. Time to suck it up and learn to sleep.

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.

This Or That

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?

Child Development

Why Do Newborns Hiccup A Lot? For Brain Development. Seriously. 

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


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A form of ADHD that shows itself in quiet, spacey, withdrawn children and adults usually flies under the radar.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

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.

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.

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 Accidentally Eats An Edible?

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.