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.


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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The holiday season is full of reasons to smile. The lights are bright and cheery. Candy is everywhere. Kids sing happy tunes and craft adorable projects at school. Yes, the world feels just a little bit brighter during the holiday season. But if you take a closer look, the world also seems a little bit [&hellip
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A teary-eyed mom of an 8-year-old girl sat in my office, wringing her hands. It was a long year full of unforeseen obstacles. She tried to remain positive throughout the ups and downs. She tried to wear a brave face in front of her daughter. She tried to smile, laugh, and remain playful. But as [&hellip
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http://www.everydayfamily.com/slideshow/how-to-keep-th…in-childhood-3/ ‎

From endless activities to music with warnings to fashion fit for teens (if that), some families are fast tracking childhood. Childhood moves pretty quickly, but when little girls are dressing like much older girls, children are lacking playtime, and parents are exposing children to music meant for adults, it’s hard for kids to be kids. [&hellip
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We read a lot in this house. We read together so much that large piles of books seem to appear just about everywhere — even on the kitchen table. In a perfect world, we would put each book back on the shelf before choosing a new one, but we’re not perfect around here. At times, [&hellip
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