About Amy Webb

Amy Webb, PhD is a scholar turned stay-at-home mom with two young sons. With her blog, The Thoughtful Parent, she brings academic child development and parenting research into the lives of parents in the trenches of child-rearing. She does not claim to be a parenting expert, but rather a translator of academic research into reader-friendly articles.

Website: http://www.thoughtfulparent.com/

Articles by Amy

Can Wealth Be as Big a Parenting Risk-Factor as Poverty?

Can Wealth Be as Big a Parenting Risk-Factor as Poverty?

Many of us are now aware of the damaging long-term effects of growing up in poverty. The stress experienced by adults and kids who struggle to meet their basic needs can put kids at risk for lower academic achievement, health problems and emotional difficulties. On the other side of the economic spectrum, however, we are finding that kids who grow up in an environment of affluence may also be at risk... 

Sleep: The Best Gift to Your Child’s Intelligence

Sleep: The Best Gift to Your Child’s Intelligence

As parents, we are faced with an onslaught of products that claim to improve our child’s learning and intelligence. Manufacturers of toys, games, and electronic devices all try to convince us that they will make all the difference in your child’s development. It turns out that perhaps the easiest gift we can give our child’s developing brain is sleep. We all know the importance of sleep, but... 

Why You Need To Shut The TV When Your Toddler’s Playing

Why You Need To Shut The TV When Your Toddler’s Playing

As parents we’ve probably all had these moments—you are asking your child a question or to complete a chore and they are glued to the TV screen (or tablet). You ask multiple times, you maybe even raise your voice, but no response. You soon realize that the screen is taking all their attention and your efforts are useless. We adults multi-task all the time. In today’s digital world, it’s easy... 

How We Praise Preschoolers Can Impact Character Development

How We Praise Preschoolers Can Impact Character Development

How many times a day do you find yourself saying, “good job” to your young child? I know for me, this cliche phrase slips out numerous times a day. We all know that praise and encouragement (especially for good behavior) can be a strong motivator for children, especially around the preschool years. Preschoolers are in a stage of development where they are learning what it means to be them—self-concept. Research is... 

Research Reveals the Myth of Family Dinner Time as Cure-all

Research Reveals the Myth of Family Dinner Time as Cure-all

The clock is approaching 6:00 pm and your household is frazzled. Half the kids are still at soccer practice. You have to pick them up in 20 minutes. The younger kids are in “witching hour” mode and running around crazy and begging for snacks. You haven’t yet considered what will be on the menu for dinner. Does this sound like your house? Many times family dinner time can easily turn into stressful... 

How to Avoid Your Child’s Advertising-Fueled Nag Factor

How to Avoid Your Child’s Advertising-Fueled Nag Factor

I’ll admit it—the first brand name my son recognized was Starbucks. This probably says something about the coffee habits in our family. However, it also says something about the advertising and branded world we live in. At the time of this recognition my son was about 2 or 2.5 years old. It just goes to show how powerful branded messages and advertising are for even the youngest members of our...