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.

Sometimes kids have to gain or lose weight to maintain good health. This is always a complicated issue for parents because one of the most consistent messages in parenting is: Don’t talk about diets or weight with kids! ...

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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 only source of stress that ...

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One of my young clients lost a family pet not long ago. The dog was very old and had a number of health problems, but that didn’t make the loss any easier. For an eight-year-old boy who only ever knew that dog as his faithful friend, the loss left a gaping hole in his heart. It also triggered worries about his own health and life and it left him ...

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This just in: Winter brings cold weather to many areas, leaving families trapped indoor for long periods of time. While many parents relish the extra cuddle time by the fire for a few days, that can wear thin as cooped up kids begin to pace the house and climb the furniture.

And then they start repeating two of the most dreaded ...

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Few things are more frustrating for tired parents than a child who tests every single limit. At the end of a long day, the last thing you want is a power struggle over bedtime, TV shows, or anything else. While some kids are fairly easy going and tend to simply follow the rules without much worry, others can really push your buttons. And ...

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Sharing photos and updates about kids permeates social media sites, and for good reason. Many families use social media to stay connected to friends and family from a distance. Beyond that, social media has worked its way into everyday communication, just like texting. ...

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Every time I think I’ve found the best possible balance of social media use for my family, something comes up and I have to rethink it. I keep my Instagram account set to private. I only share photos to “friends” on Facebook, and I don’t share a ton of photos. I tend to obscure faces a lot of the time, or share face shots if one parent is ...

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One question that I am asked over and over again is this: How can I help my child be more assertive? Assertiveness skills, it seems, tops the worry list for many parents. It makes sense. We want our kids to be able to stand up for themselves and others, seek help if they need it, and use their voices in a variety of situations. Kids get a lot ...

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I will never forget the Christmas Eve when I didn’t trust my gut. I thought my daughter seemed a little more than tired. I’m the “keep their vacation sleep schedule the same” mom, so my kids tend to be well-rested even during the holiday rush. That night, as we left for a family party, she looked overtired. I wrestled with the dilemma we ...

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My son encountered a sticky situation on the playground today. A game of foursquare went awry. He thought the ball was in. In fact, he was sure of it. His peers disagreed. I didn’t see what happened, but I was watching the game and I saw that all of the kids playing were rotating in and out. In general, it seemed like all involved were ...

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