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

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?

Preschoolers 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 a recent study, researchers followed... 

Why Social Skills Matter to Kid’s Academics

Why Social Skills Matter to Kid’s Academics

Do 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 word. How would you feel in front of all... 

Children do Not Listen Better When You Yell at Them

Children do Not Listen Better When You Yell at Them

The 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? Does yelling make them listen to your instructions... 

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...