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 research into the lives of parents in the trenches of child-rearing. She does not claim to be a parenting guru, but rather a translator of academic research into knowledge that parents can actually use.


Why you might want to reconsider saying ‘be careful’ to your children

Kids feel empowered when they are given a little freedom to test their physical limits.


Yelling doesn’t work—5 tactics to try instead

5. Take time to reconnect.


The scientific benefits of a father’s presence in their kid’s lives

Fathers are no longer just considered "babysitters" but active, equal partners in their child's life.

Child Learn & Play

5 positive parenting techniques that help parents get back some free time

It's easier than you might think, mama.


Do your kids want ALL THE THINGS this holiday? How to help them deal

You can balance this desire to gift while still fostering a sense of meaning and gratitude during this season.


What is temperament? And how does it help us become better parents?

By understanding your child's temperament, you are able to approach parenting situations with a new lens of knowledge.


What every parent should know about attachment theory

At its essence, attachment theory focuses on the emotional bond between caregiver and baby, not just the physical interaction that occurs through feeding, changing diapers, etc.


To moms on the first day of kindergarten: They still need us

As a mom in this stage of life, it's easy to feel like our kids don't really need us anymore.


To teach children empathy, you need to model it, mama

With a little help from us, our kids' brains can develop with meaningful connections that tune them into the feelings of others.


Do you want to raise a kind child? Here’s how

It is part of our human nature to be drawn towards helpful people, and try to be helpful ourselves.


A parent’s guide to surviving colic

Colic is not something that just your baby experiences—it impacts the whole family.