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The Thoughtful Parent

the thoughtful parent

I’m a wife, mom of two boys and a child development writer. I may have a Ph.D, but I believe the value of child development research is not in telling us what is “right” or “wrong” with our parenting, but in helping us to see our children with a new lens.
If you are looking for strategies to support your child’s development using research combined with your own innate intuition, this is the place for you.

Amy Webb

Latest Posts

What I Learned from MLK about Emotional Regulation (for Adults and Kids)

{Sneak peek: Fostering emotional self-regulation in children can be one of our most important parenting responsibilities. It’s not always easy, but the outcome can have a big impact.}  I was listening to a therapist who works with parents talk the other day on a video about why we should focus on emotional self-regulation in children. […]

Do Parents Need to Apologize for Their Children Acting Like…Children?

{Sneak peek: Do we need to apologize for children’s developmentally appropriate behavior? Thoughts on fostering a culture where children can thrive.} You’ve probably seen posts like this before on social media. The one where the parent (almost always the mother) prefaces the flight with preemptive apologies for her children’s behavior–loudness, crying, erratic behavior, etc. (AKA […]

Why Allowing Your Kids to be Bored is a Savvy Parenting Move

{Sneak peek: Kids being bored isn’t a bad thing! The benefits of being bored are real if we can help kids through those challenging first moments} Hearing kids’ complaints of boredom may strike fear in the hearts of many parents, but it doesn’t have to be that way. If your children are exclaiming, “I’m bored!” […]

Why We Feel So Guilty as Parents and How to Overcome It

{Sneak peek: Overcoming parental guilt isn’t about doing what others expect or ask of you. It’s about getting in touch with your authentic values.} When was the last time you felt guilty about something related to parenting? If you’re like most parents I know it was about…5 minutes ago. I hear all the time from […]

The Lazy Parent’s Guide to Encouraging Your Kids’ Learning This Summer

{We all want to help our kids prevent the “summer slide,” but educational summer activities for kids don’t have to be boring worksheets. A few ideas for fostering summer learning through everyday activities} It’s summertime. We are all supposed to be on a more relaxed pace, right? No more homework or science fairs, at least […]

When You are Unsure What to Say to Your Teen (or Tween), These Books Can Help

{Sneak peek: Teens often have a lot of questions about their health, changing hormones, unruly emotions and more. They might be afraid to ask you about these issues but these health books for teens (and tweens) can help prompt some open communication.} On any given day, my tween son (almost 13) will come home with […]

Yelling at Your Kids? Discover the True Reason Why

{Sneak peek: Learning how to parent without yelling takes more than just willpower and good intentions. Uncovering the true reason why you lose your cool can be a parenting game-changer.} I’m thrilled to feature Jen Lumanlan as guest writer to the blog. She’s the mastermind behind Your Parenting Mojo–a website and podcast that focuses on […]

One Simple Thing You Can Do Tonight to Help Your Child Sleep Better

{As parents, we often think that an infant nighttime routine is a key to a long, peaceful sleep. Research points out a few key points of bedtime that can make a big difference for sleep.} One evening just after my youngest turned 18 months old, he stopped wanting to be rocked at bedtime. Up to […]

Toys for Emotional Development: Gifts that Keep Giving

Sneak peek: Toys for emotional development don’t have to be boring. These ideas will keep kids growing, learning, and having fun. My four-year-old was at it again. He, his big brother and I were doing our usual Target run and they had convinced me to go to the toy aisle. What was I thinking? The […]

Fun and Engaging Emotional Development Toys

Sneak peek: Ideas for emotional development toys that kids will find entertaining and engaging. Have you ever had a sinking feeling after purchasing a toy for your kids? You know the one I mean…the feeling that rises in you when you realize that the toy you just bought is useless. We’ve all been there. Maybe […]

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