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 face a lot of disappointment, even during the toddler years! In fact, many parents are surprised to find that their mellow little babies suddenly turn into not-so-mellow perfectionists that are full of big feelings, who seem to fall apart for no good reason. Many kids have difficulty coping with failure (a fallen block tower [&hellip
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From the moment our babies begin to eat, we hear tons of advice about what and how to feed them to make sure that they eat a balanced diet and don’t turn into picky eaters. Of course, by the time you have a toddler on your hands, you realize that some 3-year-olds only eat Goldfish [&hellip
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Given that I work with kids and parents, I read a lot of parenting books. Parents look to me for recommendations, and I find that certain books suit certain parents. It makes sense, when you stop to think about it. All families are different, and all families have different needs. There couldn’t possibly be one [&hellip
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By my daughter’s first birthday, she knew fourteen signs. We began baby sign language with her early on in an effort to help her learn to communicate. I won’t lie. Not everyone supported this effort. Over and over again, people told us that she would never learn to talk if she could use baby sign [&hellip
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One of the greatest challenges of parenting is standing back and watching as your child makes a mistake. It doesn’t even matter how big the mistake is. It might be jumping from the couch to the hardwood floor while wearing the most slippery socks ever sewn or blowing off an important study session for a final exam worth 60% of the final grade. Either way, it’s hard to watch.

From the moment we bring children into this world, we feel the urge to protect them. They start out so small and helpless; they need us for every little thing. But then they begin to grow, and it’s our job to instill a sense of autonomy in our children. We have to let them go.

Psychologists often reference “authoritative parenting” as an effective parenting style. Authoritative parents are responsive to their children but have high expectations. They also rely on structure and boundaries while respecting autonomy. In short, they show their children the way, but they let their children make mistakes.

In contrast, permissive parents fail to provide structure and/or boundaries, and authoritarian parents micromanage every detail of their children’s lives.

And this is where overprotective parenting comes in.

In world full of violence and kids growing up way too fast, it’s comes as no surprise that parents want to protect their kids as much as possible. But the truth is that we can’t protect them from everything. And if we try to, we can actually cause more harm than good.

Three reasons to lay off the overprotective parenting:
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Many parents struggle with the first big decision in a child’s education: When to begin preschool. With the pushing down of education, parents often feel pressured to enroll in a preschool program the moment a child reaches 2 1/2 years of age. The truth is that there is no magic number for preschool readiness, and [&hellip
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My 6-year-old son identifies as a musician. It seems strange to say that about a child so young and so full of big ideas, but he is drawn to music in a way that I never was as a child. It should be noted that he is also drawn to Legos, soccer, cars, creating complicated [&hellip
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  Occupational therapy helps kids with a range of developmental difficulties and can help improve self-esteem and self-confidence along the way. It seems as if the minute kids enter preschool, things like pencil grip and the use of scissors seem super important. When kids lag in some areas of development, parents naturally begin to wonder [&hellip
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As it turns out, my son is a bit of a hot commodity in kindergarten. I wouldn’t have called it. He’s aloof and introverted on a good day, and he doesn’t crave tons of attention from peers, girls or boys. But he’s very sweet and caring, and he always stops to help others. He’s also [&hellip
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Parents spend a lot time talking and giving directions, especially when it comes to preschoolers. I remember trying to get out the door to preschool on time with my daughter. Most days, it felt like a miracle if we made it out the door with everything we needed and if we were close to on [&hellip
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