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.

A seven-year-old girl flies into a rage when she’s angry. She throws things around her room. She pulls drawers out of the dresser and dumps the contents. She screams. She cries. She says words she won’t recall saying when she’s finally calm. When the anger subsides, she falls to the floor and whimpers, apologizing to her mom and begging for ...

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One of the most frequently asked questions from parents of toddlers to land in my inbox is this: What do I do when my kid hits, pushes, kicks, or bites me? Parents of toddlers and preschoolers usually expect some amount of hitting and kicking from frustrated little ones, but when it feels aggressive and is directed toward a specific person it ...

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A mom sits in my office, flooded with tears. She uses words like, “overwhelming”, “anger”, and “outbursts”. She describes interactions that trigger anxiety for her, sometimes resulting in panic attacks. She tries to find the balance. She tries to remain calm, mindful, and present. She tries … but she always feels like she comes up ...

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My nine-year-old daughter is newly interested in “big kid” shows. Though she still loves cartoons, she hears about other shows from her friends and wants to see what the fuss is all about. Sigh. If I’m being honest, I’ve been avoiding TV content for older girls like the plague. ...

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Some kids get really excited about the return of school, while other kids drag their heels and wish for just a few more days (or weeks) of summer. I remember the butterflies in my tummy at the end of each summer. After long days spent playing on the beach with my friends and siblings, returning to the classroom was not high on my to-do list. I ...

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Every summer I vow to avoid late nights no matter what, and every summer a few late nights occur anyway. It’s hard to sleep when the sun is still high in the sky. It’s hard to sleep when the sounds of laughter and endless days drift through the window screens. It’s even hard to sleep when the fireflies light the sky and the moon jellies ...

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I was a security object kind of kid. I had a pink blanket that traveled around the house with me. I had a stuffed Curious George by my side at all times. I even had a tiny little mouse with the fur rubbed almost clean off his head. His name was Freddy. I was an introvert before people understood introversion, and these security objects provided ...

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My kids aren’t fighters by nature. They both dislike the feeling of conflict. One has a tendency to avoid it while the other immediately shifts into problem-solving mode. He’s even known to do that in the classroom. If two friends are arguing, he helps them work through it. That said, they are siblings and they do argue at times. More often ...

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I specialize in anxiety disorders and learning differences in my private practice. I see a wide age range of children and adolescents, and usually by the time they get to me they’ve been struggling for a while. More often than not, it’s their behavior (not their learning struggles or anxious tendencies) that earns them a seat on my couch. ...

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Gifted children often experience asynchronous development – their emotional maturity is out of synch with their intellectual ability. This creates heightened emotions and increased sensitivity. ...

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