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.

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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Raise an "upstander" to help your preschooler stand up to bullies. ...

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Do you approach your child’s annual IEP with a mixture of fear and dread? Or perhaps it’s your first time, and the anticipatory anxiety has you running for the hills? You’re not alone. Preparing for your child’s IEP isn’t easy, and IEP meetings can trigger many emotions. ...

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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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