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

Why Research Says it’s Actually Good for Kids to Daydream

Why Research Says it’s Actually Good for Kids to Daydream

School has been in session for a couple of months now, but winter break is still weeks away. This is prime time for kids to start to be a little less focused, distracted, and perhaps even daydream during school time. In our culture of hyper-stimulation and constant information flow, the idea of daydreaming often get met with judgmental glances and even reprimand from teachers. While we all want our... 

Know How To Raise Your Child to Be Patient and Have Self Control?

Know How To Raise Your Child to Be Patient and Have Self Control?

Last updated on August 22nd, 2018 at 03:37 pmPreschoolers aren’t exactly known for their patience and self-control. Have you ever counted how many times a day your young child says, “mom” or “dad” followed by some sort of question or request? Although preschoolers are still learning skills like patience, research is teaching us that how we interact with them may help them learn these lessons. In... 

Why Social Skills Matter to Kid’s Academics

Why Social Skills Matter to Kid’s Academics

Last updated on May 27th, 2018 at 09:11 pmDo you remember learning to read in school? I vividly remember the nervousness I felt when the teacher asked me to read aloud for the whole class. I was a pretty good student, but even I felt put on the spot in these moments. Now imagine that you are a student who is struggling to read. You might mispronounce words or not know how to even start reading a new... 

Children do Not Listen Better When You Yell at Them

Children do Not Listen Better When You Yell at Them

Last updated on March 4th, 2018 at 02:17 pmThe Science Behind Yelling: How Emotion Affects Listening Remember the last time you “lost it” with your kids? I mean yelling, of course. As parents, we’ve all had times when our kids pushed our buttons a bit too far and we couldn’t contain our strong emotions. Have you wondered how the strong emotion in your voice affects how your kids listen?... 

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

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

Last updated on November 17th, 2017 at 11:35 pmMany 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... 

Sleep: The Best Gift to Your Child’s Intelligence

Sleep: The Best Gift to Your Child’s Intelligence

Last updated on October 4th, 2017 at 11:05 pmAs 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....