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If you have found this blog, you probably have some interest in child development and parenting. I am a research “nerd” and I love to share anything I learn about child development with other parents out there. I hope this blog will become a great resource for you.
When I’m not reading research, I am a stay-at-home mom to two very active little boys. My days are filled with Legos, sword fights, refereeing squabbles, and trying to keep up with little feet. Like many of you, I’m always looking for resources to help me turn these little boys into responsible, caring adults.
Have you ever wondered if those child development “experts” really know anything that can help us with everyday parenting struggles? Have you ever wondered what all those professors in the academic ivory tower study all day?
The truth is, many of you probably never wondered what those professors really study because you never have the opportunity to read or hear about their research. Years ago, as a graduate student in Human Development and Family Sciences, I realized that most of the great work done in universities never sees the “light of day” because the findings are locked away in academic journals that most of us never read. I remember sitting in class and hearing these great, compelling research findings and thinking it was so sad that most parents would never hear about them.
The Story Behind The Thoughtful Parent
Thus, the development of The Thoughtful Parent was a result of this frustration. Academic research is often multi-layered and complex. It includes a lot of “grey areas;” the findings are not always clear-cut, black and white. This is why many media outlets just hit the highlights and just go for the “big headline.” With this blog, I try to delve into the research and not just cover the “flashy headline.” Research is complex, but so is real life, especially when it comes to parenting.
Unlike some blogs directed at parents, I try not to offer too much advice. I do not claim to be a parenting expert, except perhaps with my own children. You are the parenting expert when it comes to your own child. You know them best, you know their temperaments, their personalities, and the qualities that make them unique.
A Note from Amy
Thank you for joining me on this most important journey we call parenting. This blog focuses on helping us combine our innate parent intuition with child development research to make more thoughtful parenting decisions.
I believe parenting is not a job but a relationship.
I don’t pretend to be an expert on your child. You are the only expert on your child and his/her unique traits and quirks.
I see the value of research not in telling us what’s “right” or “wrong” with our parenting, but rather, helping us to see our children with a new lens.
I am a scholar, a writer, and (sometimes) a teacher, but mostly I’m a mom of two boys. Like many of you, I’m trying to raise my children into adults who care for others, listen to their inner voice, and use their gifts in a meaningful way in the world.
If you are open to understanding research and building a strong connection with your child, I hope you’ll join our tribe of parents by signing up for our newsletter where I share loads of helpful parenting resources (psst, I’ll send you a FREE gift when you sign up).
Understanding child development research, however, can help inform your decisions with your own children. Research gives you the “big picture” perspective to help balance out the “first-person” perspective you get every day as a parent in your own family.