Katie HurleyAuthor

Katie Hurley

Katie Hurley, LCSW is a Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist and writer in Los Angeles, CA. 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. She believes in lattes, family time and the power of play.


My 6-year-old son identifies as a musician. It seems strange to say that about a child so young and so full of big ideas, but he is drawn to music in a way that I never was as a child. It should be noted that he is also drawn to Legos, soccer, cars, creating complicated [&hellip
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  Occupational therapy helps kids with a range of developmental difficulties and can help improve self-esteem and self-confidence along the way. It seems as if the minute kids enter preschool, things like pencil grip and the use of scissors seem super important. When kids lag in some areas of development, parents naturally begin to wonder [&hellip
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As it turns out, my son is a bit of a hot commodity in kindergarten. I wouldn’t have called it. He’s aloof and introverted on a good day, and he doesn’t crave tons of attention from peers, girls or boys. But he’s very sweet and caring, and he always stops to help others. He’s also [&hellip
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Parents spend a lot time talking and giving directions, especially when it comes to preschoolers. I remember trying to get out the door to preschool on time with my daughter. Most days, it felt like a miracle if we made it out the door with everything we needed and if we were close to on [&hellip
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Kids experience stress for various reasons. My kids are generally mellow little beings, but when their dad is on the road for long periods of time, the stress creeps in. Sometimes they have trouble falling asleep; sometimes they have trouble staying asleep; other times they seem to cry for no reason. And that’s not the [&hellip
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Take Back the Play Date!

Monday, January 19th, 2015


I have a pretty fun house when it comes to playing. We have a good amount of toys, the kids are free to reuse things around the house to make new things, I don’t worry much about the clean-up process, and glitter is always welcome here. I’m big on freedom of expression through play and [&hellip
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My daughter was only twenty-one months old when her brother arrived on the scene and, in all honesty, she doesn’t really remember life without him. When we look back at baby pictures pre-brother, she’s always genuinely shocked to see a family of three. Sure, there were some trying moments for me during those first six [&hellip
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Little kids hear the same word over and over again. Sometimes it’s out of necessity, as in toddlers running dangerously close to the street. Sometimes it’s part of limit setting and establishing healthy boundaries. And sometimes it just seems to be the easiest answer. But when the answer is often “no,” kids can develop a [&hellip
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My son takes my breath away. I’m sure every mom of a little boy says that at some point, but I have felt this way since his giant sapphire eyes first met my weathered green eyes in the hospital six years ago. He truly takes me breath away. He’s sensitive and caring, empathic and understanding. [&hellip
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It seems like the very minute the holiday season comes to a close, the world focuses on resolutions. Perhaps the need to set lofty expectations for self-improvement is directly proportional to cookies eaten during the holiday season, or maybe the long days of winter leave us wanting something better. Whatever the reason, resolutions to begin [&hellip
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