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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

Thoughtful and Supportive First Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

Sneak peek: Becoming a mom for the first time is joyful and exciting, but can also be a bit overwhelming. Support a mom in your life with these thoughtful first Mother’s Day gift ideas. Bringing home your child for the first time begins the unpredictable, exciting journey that is parenthood. Although greeting card commercials would […]

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’s nighttime routine is the 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 […]

7 Advent Calendars that Foster Kindness

Sneak peek: Are you trying to focus your kids more on kindness this holiday season? This collection of kindness advent calendar ideas will set you on the right track. I’ve always loved advent calendars. Something about the idea of tiny boxes, bags or drawers that open up a surprise each morning just takes me back […]

The Scientific Reason Why Yelling at Your Kids Doesn’t Work

{Yelling at your kids is not something any parent plans to do, but it happens from time to time. Research helps us learn why yelling doesn’t work for us or our kids} Remember the last time you just “lost it” with your kids? I mean yelling at your kids, red-in-the-face…lost it.  Although I’ve read child […]

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