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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.

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How Observation Taught Me 3 Child Development Lessons You Need to Know

Sneak peek: Child development books can teach many child rearing lessons. However, sometimes just observing and reflecting on our own child’s behavior is the best teacher. As parents, we like to think that child rearing is all about how we influence our children. In many ways, that’s true. Some of the best parenting advice available […]

Simple but Effective Calming Strategies Every Family Should Know

Sneak peek: These calm activities can help kids learn how to manage big emotions, both in the classroom and at home. I walked into my son’s kindergarten class to volunteer for the first time and was a bit surprised. Some of the items looked familiar from my own school days–a play kitchen and cash register, […]

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