Amy Webb's Blog (14)

Is There Such a Thing as a "Bad Seed?"

Dr. Richard Friedman, a professor of psychiatry, recently wrote an article… Continue

Added by Amy Webb on July 19, 2010 at 2:50pm — No Comments

Encouraging Lifelong Learning, Even During Summertime

With the school year winding down and summer just around the corner, many kids may think it’s time to turn off their brain. Parents, you know that there is a certain amount of “brain drain” that tends to happen during the summer when kids are not in school everyday. To help prevent this, summer is a great time to focus on learning skills and knowledge “outside the box” of the usual worksheets and homework. We all know…

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Added by Amy Webb on May 20, 2010 at 10:10am — No Comments

Why Child Development and Parenting Research is Important

In response to some posts in the past, some readers have made comments along the lines of, "Duh, why do we need research to figure that out." I personally do not take offense at such comments because I'm not the one doing the research, I'm just reporting it. Besides that, I have at times felt… Continue

Added by Amy Webb on April 1, 2010 at 11:40am — No Comments

Yes, the Little Things Matter: Parents' Role in Helping Kids Become Socially Competent

Parents out there you know how it goes: you play the same game over and over again with your toddler or you help them put together a puzzle. This is the daily "stuff" of parenting and you may feel it doesn't make a difference. Well, turns out, it does make a difference! A recent… Continue

Added by Amy Webb on March 15, 2010 at 10:18pm — No Comments

More on Attachment Theory

In the last post, I discussed the origins of Attachment Theory and how researchers first began to conceptualize infant-parent attachment. Psychologist Mary Ainsworth first began studying and testing her theory of attachment in Uganda in the mid-1950s. She intensely observed mothers and infants in their… Continue

Added by Amy Webb on February 10, 2010 at 9:44am — No Comments

Attachment Theory: What's it Really All About

The word "attachment" is used a lot in parenting magazines and often comes up in discussions among parents. Of course, all of us have some notion of what the parent-child attachment is all about, but in child psychology theory and research "attachment" has a very specific meaning. In fact, a whole line of research has developed focused solely on attachment theory. So I thought I'd offer a little background on what psychologist mean when they discuss attachment.



The academic… Continue

Added by Amy Webb on February 3, 2010 at 8:07pm — No Comments

Yet Another Reason Not to Fight in Front of the Kids

We all know that parents arguing is not a great thing, especially if it happens in front of their children. New research from the University of Rochester, Syracuse University and University of Notre Dame, however, is showing that parental conflict may also affect how children perform in school. One recent study followed 216 6-year-olds over a period of three years. The children's teachers were asked about the kids' behavior at school such as interaction with peers, participation in classroom… Continue

Added by Amy Webb on January 7, 2010 at 11:29am — No Comments

Are Those "Educational" Videos Really So Educational?

You may have heard the recent uproar about Baby Einstein's parent company, Disney, offering refunds on many of their DVDs after research has emerged that "educational" videos for infants and toddlers do live up to their claims. This comes after a growing number of research studies have shown little or no correlation between children's viewing of such videos and advances in language development. In fact, some research has shown delays in children's language development associated with viewing… Continue

Added by Amy Webb on December 4, 2009 at 5:24pm — No Comments

Child Psychology Classics: The Mirror Test

At some point or another many parents have placed their infant in front of a mirror and wondered if their child could understand that it was their own reflection they were seeing. Based on the infant's reaction, most parents realize pretty quickly that their baby doesn't really understand that it is themselves in the mirror. This raises the question of when do babies and young children begin to develop a sense of self? Child psychologists have used this mirror test in a creative way to help… Continue

Added by Amy Webb on October 2, 2009 at 2:27pm — 1 Comment

Moms' Expectations About Infant Sleep: Is There a Connection to Actual Sleep Patterns?

A new study just released in the journal Child Development addresses an interesting issue--do moms' thoughts and expectations (i.e., cognitions) about infant sleep actually influence how well (or not so well) their babies sleep? It's an interesting idea when you think about it. The concept is that parents have certain expectations or preconceived ideas of how their child will behave, whether it be in regards to sleeping or eating, playing, etc. These expectations may actually influence how… Continue

Added by Amy Webb on June 10, 2009 at 4:08pm — No Comments

New Study: TV Exposure and Children's Language Development

A new study was just released yesterday in the Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine sheds more light on the research showing a relationship between young children's exposure to TV and their language development. A leading researcher in the field, Dimitri Christakis, studied 329 children aged 2 months to 4 years old. Using a very creative study method, he and his collegues had the children wear small digital… Continue

Added by Amy Webb on June 3, 2009 at 5:06pm — No Comments

What is the Goal of Childrearing?

On the face of it this may seem like a silly question. I think most parents would say something along the lines of their goal being to raise a happy, healthy, kind child that can function independently in the world as an adult. Depending on your particular beliefs, aspects of religious, spiritual, or moral teaching may be part of your answer as well. I raise this question after reading an interesting… Continue

Added by Amy Webb on June 3, 2009 at 1:31pm — 2 Comments

Inside the Preschool Mind

Perhaps the alternate title for this post should be something like: why your preschooler doesn’t take a coat when it’s cold outside. Although I don’t have children yet, I’ve been around enough of them to know that they often do not follow the directions or precautions you give them, no matter how many times you repeat yourself. So why is that? Are they just choosing to ignore you? Or is there something different about the functioning of their brain that makes it difficult for them to plan… Continue

Added by Amy Webb on April 29, 2009 at 11:16am — No Comments

Does Having Children Make You Happier?

This may seem like a controversial question to some people. Of course, you love your children and cannot imagine your life without them. But consider for a moment, do you feel happier with children compared to when you were childless? This is the question raised by a recent article in the Journal of the British Psychological Association. Author Nattavudh Powdthavee reviews much of the psychological research examining the relationship between parenthood and happiness. He finds that much of the… Continue

Added by Amy Webb on April 20, 2009 at 12:35pm — No Comments

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