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.

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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Some kids are natural friend makers. They seem to enter new situations with ease and manage to find the friendly face in no time. I recently watched a little girl do exactly this at a playground. She showed up on her bike, assessed for fun stuff going on, and introduced herself to a group of kids playing pirates. Within minutes, she found a peer a ...

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It’s no big secret that a five-minute tantrum feels like one thousand hours to a parent. Tantrums always seem to occur at the worst possible time, catching parents off guard and triggering increased stress for the adults in the room. Even in the privacy of your own home, tantrums can be overwhelming. Tantrums are, however, a very normal part of ...

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One of the greatest myths of modern parenting is that tantrums come to a grinding halt the moment kids enter elementary school. Tantrums are expected in the toddler years, accepted in the preschool years, and supposed to be a thing of the past once a child enters kindergarten. Here’s the best part of the myth: Tantrums are renamed ...

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Anger is a completely understandable emotion. Sometimes it stems from fear, sometimes it stems from lack of control, and sometimes it is the result of hurtful actions by another. Whatever the cause of anger, it is developmentally appropriate at just about any age. It’s simply an emotion that people experience. And yet, parents tend to ...

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Just the other day, my kids experienced the perfect impromptu summer morning. We didn’t have any plans. They stayed in pajamas for most of the morning, playing games, coming up with art projects, and hanging around. At some point, I turned on the sprinkler in the back in an attempt to save the grass from dehydration. Within minutes, the kids ...

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Second place sounds like a win, until it refers to parenting. It’s fairly common for children to single out one parent and shy away from the other. Sometimes, they even dig their heels in and refuse to let the other parent run the bath, push the stroller, or help with the homework. Kids form strong attachments to their primary caregivers, and ...

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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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