About Me

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. 

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. 

Enjoy The Thoughtful Parent!


Mer Nalls said...

Thanks for creating a blog like this :) I have Ph.D. in your field as well and just moved to Longmont. I was happy to find your article in Boulder County Kids.

Amy Webb, PhD said...

Thanks! I'd love to hear more about how you're using your HDFS degree. It's not often I meet someone in the field.

Mer Nalls said...

I was pregnant with my son when I defended my dissertation so now I'm a stay-at-home mom who teaches online for ERAU and APUS. Once my son (4.5yr) and my daughter (20mos) go to school full-time then I'm hoping to become more involved in the community and maybe teach face-to-face again. We'll see :)

Amy Webb, PhD said...

Wow, that sounds very similar to my situation. I was also pregnant with my first son when I defended my dissertation and have been a stay-at-home mom ever since. I tried to teach online when he was a baby but it didn't go well (he never slept!) so I've been focusing on writing. Let's stay in touch. It's great to meet someone with similar experience. Do you do any writing? Maybe you could guest post?