Katie Hurley

Katie Hurley, LCSW is a Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist and writer in Los Angeles, CA. She is the author of "The Happy Kid Handbook: How to Raise Joyful Children in a Stressful World". She earned her BA in Psychology and Women's Studies from Boston College and her MSW from the University of Pennsylvania. She divides her time between her family, her private practice and her writing. Passionate about helping parents enjoy the ride, she provides parent education and simple strategies to take the guesswork out of difficult parenting situations. You can find her at Practical Parenting and allParenting. She lives in the South Bay area of Los Angeles with her rock & roll husband and her two children, Riley and Liam.

Katie Hurley, LCSW is a Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist and writer in Los Angeles, CA. She is the author of "The Happy Kid Handbook: How to Raise Joyful Children in a Stressful World". She earned her BA in Psychology and Women's Studies from Boston College and her MSW from the University of Pennsylvania. She divides her time between her family, her private practice and her writing. Passionate about helping parents enjoy the ride, she provides parent education and simple strategies to take the guesswork out of difficult parenting situations. You can find her at Practical Parenting and allParenting. She lives in the South Bay area of Los Angeles with her rock & roll husband and her two children, Riley and Liam.

Parental stress levels are on the rise. Although many people enter the world of parenting with preconceived notions about how wonderful and rewarding the experience will be, it doesn't feel rewarding every single day. Some days are hard.  Each stage of child development brings amazing new milestones, but each ...

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A mom called me for an appointment with her four-year-old son because of anxiety that seemed “out of the blue”. He was always a good sleeper. He plays a lot. He goes to preschool three mornings a week, where he plays even more. He was happy, healthy and silly … until he wasn’t. To this mom, the change seemed to take place while the boy was ...

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A mom of a four-year-old tracked me down with concerns about what she feared might be considered "pathological" lying. Her daughter could weave a tale like no other, and mom was worried that this behavior, left unchecked, would become a problem. The problem, however, was that her daughter was such a proficient liar that she seemed to believe her ...

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Testing season is upon us once again, and my phone is ringing off the hook with questions about opting out. The majority of these questions come from parents concerned about test anxiety. In some cases, the child struggled with anxiety during testing in the past. In other cases, the child shows some signs of mild anxiety and the parent worries ...

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If you dare to mention your quest to find the ultimate work/family balance to your working mom friends, they will probably giggle in return.  Balance?  What's that? Being a working mom can lead to feelings of guilt and stress.  Divided attention between work and family can make it difficult to ...

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My husband is a musician and is known to travel for months at a time. Sometimes a tour lasts about four months, others it can be well over a year. This isn't news around here. We met (a lifetime ago) while he was in the middle of a tour and his life of travel continues. Even when he's home, his hours are long. We lovingly refer to him as "morning ...

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First rule of “bossy” kids: Stop calling them bossy. Or, as an alternative, stop framing “bossy” as an inherently negative thing. I happen to spend a lot of time encouraging my kids to use their voices more, so I’m on the opposite end of the spectrum, but I know some wonderful kids who have big personalities … but are sometimes ...

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Stressed is the new busy. Not long ago, I noticed that “busy” became the new stock response to questions like, "How are you?" and "How's the family?" Busy. Everywhere you go, it seems, families are busy. Sometimes it feels like a competition. Have you ever overheard a busy comparison chart between families? I have. Just hearing the amount ...

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Forgiveness is a skill. It is taught by example and requires practice. Forgiveness is also a choice. In making the choice to forgive another, you recognize that life is larger than any single incident and that letting go of negative feelings frees you from becoming emotionally stuck.

To truly forgive another is to break free from ...

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A mom recently reached out to me about her six-year-old son. Although he’s never shown any signs of anxiety in the past, kindergarten seemed to be the year of fears. Spiders? Scary! Dogs? Scary! Cars driving just a little too fast? Super scary! She tried her best to soothe his fears but with a big family trip coming up, she didn’t want a new ...

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