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.

Last summer was the first time that I signed my kids up for a summer reading challenge. We love to read around here, so the need for a “challenge” never really came up in the past but it did seem like fun to join the program at our local library. I mean, who doesn’t love fun bookmarks and prizes? Last year the program here offered ...

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When my kids were younger, a friend suggested teaching them a code word. She described it as a family safety word. Anyone close to the family, like my sister, would be told the word so that if I had to send someone else to pick them up from school, the kids would know to leave with that person when the code word was whispered. That made sense to ...

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When I was pregnant with my son, I was determined to avoid themes and stereotypes. I decorated his nursery in rich earth tones to promote relaxation, but I didn’t include a single reference to sports, dinosaurs, trains, cars, or anything else considered “boy-ish” in nature. No son of mine would fall into that trap! Be you! Go your own way! ...

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“Whenever he encounters something hard, he cries. He’s perfectly capable of solving problems, he just won’t.” I hear some version of this often. Sometimes it’s a six-year-old who just won’t tie his shoes, other times it’s a preschooler who can’t seem to finish a puzzle. Ever. ...

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Raise your hand if you remember Red Rover. When people muse about the games that emerged years ago when kids weren’t quite so supervised out in the wild, I find myself lost in a sea of fond memories about games like Red Rover. Red Rover, Red Rover send Katie right over! Find the weakest link – attempt to barrel through arms linked together to ...

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Parenting a strong willed child can certainly be a bit tiring for the parents. A mom once told me that it feels like her preschooler digs in her heels about little things simply because she enjoys the battle. “Socks? Are we really discussing the importance of wearing socks in the freezing cold?” That mom is certainly not alone. This is a ...

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I’m beginning to think that the phrase, “I’m bored” is one of the biggest trigger phases in modern parenting. I get a lot of email from frustrated parents, wondering why their kids are always bored the moment they finally have that coveted downtime and what they can possibly do to make it stop. That, right there, is the problem. ...

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My daughter started a nonprofit last weekend. Okay, it’s not a real nonprofit, but through the context of play she’s working out how someone can start a nonprofit that makes an impact on the world. It’s not my story to tell, so I’ll skip the detailed description, but it started with a “save the penguins from global warming” campaign ...

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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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