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. 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. She lives in the South Bay area of Los Angeles with her rock & roll husband and her two children, Riley and Liam.

“He just gets so angry. Completely loses control. He yells, hits, and even throws toys across the room!” Sound familiar? This mom didn’t know how to deal with her son’s angry outbursts, and she certainly isn’t alone. Many young children struggle with regulating their emotions, and the “tantrums” characteristic of the toddler years ...

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“He gives up too easily. He can’t deal with setbacks. He’s just not resilient.” You wouldn’t believe how often I hear some version of these words in my office. Years ago, parents shared these concerns about teens and older adolescents. What would happen if they got all the way through high school without learning to cope with setbacks? ...

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All families are different. Repeat that. We all have different needs and we all make parenting choices that we hope will benefit our families. We all make our own choices when it comes to sleep. Recent guidelines released by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) outline safe sleep practices for infants with the hope of reducing infant loss ...

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Parents often ask me how to build emotional intelligence in young children. Specifically, many parents ask for “a few quick tips” to flex those empathy muscles at home so that kids are frontloaded with the necessary soft skills to practice kindness and caring outside of the home and cope with negative emotions. The bad news is that “quick ...

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4 Tips for Raising Leaders

Monday, February 27th, 2017 by from Baby Steps
Although parents often think of peer pressure as an issue that crops up in the tween and teen years, it can begin much younger. The fact is that many kids simply want to be liked by others and are natural pleasers, and it takes a strong personality to be the leader instead of simply following along. Being loud and assertive, however, does not ...

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A young girl sits in my office, staring at the floor. She had a hard day at school. Though she’s only in kindergarten, she sometimes has hard days. She didn’t sleep well the night before, so she had a hard time getting ready for school. This caused frustration for her parents. She tells me it’s her all her fault. She wishes she could go back ...

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Little kids spend a lot of time cuddling, hugging, kissing, and sitting on laps. They love to smother their parents and siblings with love, and they enjoy being in close proximity to others--sometimes even when those "others" are attempting to do personal things, like taking a shower! But then they get a little older, and suddenly the rules ...

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It’s a scene most parents face at some point: You disagree with your partner on how to parent the kids. The truth is that we all bring different personalities to the table, and many parents fall into patterns based on how their own parents interacted with them when they were children. One more factor at play: Kids keep us guessing. Even if you ...

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The toddler years mark a period of rapid development. During this time, toddlers become aware that they are separate individuals from their parents and other important caregivers. They enjoy discovering the world around them, and they like to do everything independently! ...

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“She forgets everything. She forgets to put her homework in her backpack at night. She forgets to empty her backpack in the afternoon. She leaves her lunchbox on the playground. Her room is a mess even after she cleans it! I have to remind her to do everything!” This exasperated mom isn’t alone. Lots of kids are forgetful. In this case, the ...

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