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.

schoolblues

After nine weeks of riding bikes, swimming, and collecting sea glass, I expected a rocky transition. I prepared myself for the tears. I coached myself to smile, even when the confidence that finally emerged during the summer months came to a crashing halt. I readied myself with responses and strategies to reduce the inevitable back-to-school [&hellip
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peaceful sleep for parents

Sleep deprivation is a common topic of conversation among parents. We think of it as a problem for new parents dealing with night feedings and explosive diapers at all hours, but the truth is that modern parenthood runs on sleep deprivation. It’s true. Listen to a group of parents compare sleep habits and you’ll find [&hellip
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Despite her quiet nature, my daughter wears her feelings on her sleeve. So when a big transition has her anxious (say, for example, every new classroom she enters), I know the signs of worry. She holds me close, she clams up, and silent tears stream down her face. But my son? Totally different story. My [&hellip
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empathypic

  Few things are more embarrassing for first-time parents than a public temper tantrum. They seem to come from out of nowhere and, once they start, it’s hard to know the right way to proceed. Some argue that children should be removed from the situation immediately while others believe in a direct, emotionless approach. There [&hellip
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ocean2

We stood hand in hand at the edge of the water, watching the waves in the distance. Above, a seagull cried out just before making a dive for a crab walking innocently through the rocks. On the horizon, a sailboat moved effortlessly through the water. As if on cue, we both let out a heavy [&hellip
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finemotor_9653

My daughter wrote her name beautifully long before the other kids in her preschool class. From the moment I placed a crayon in her hand, she fell in love with scribbling, drawing, and, eventually, writing. Like mother, like daughter. My son, on the other hand, had little use for things like crayons and oversized markers. [&hellip
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You might say that my daughter has her own special way of keeping her things organized. It’s not that her room is a complete mess. You can always see the floor and you’re not likely to trip over anything (or step on a Lego) in the dark. It’s just that her method of organization seems [&hellip
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When kids confront feelings of anger and frustration, which is all in a day’s work when it comes to the under-five crowd, they handle those feelings in a variety of ways. Some yell. Some go boneless and scream on the floor, no matter where in the world they are. Some collapse into a sobbing heap [&hellip
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stronggirls

I was well on my way to young adulthood before I felt anything even remotely close to self-confidence. Old friends will read that line and think, “No way, not her, she was always full of confidence. She always knew what she wanted, and she didn’t let anything stand in her way.” They saw the outer [&hellip
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Letting go is always the hardest part. No one tells you that when you’re gliding through life in a sleep-deprived state of partial amnesia with multiple babies in tow. They tell you to enjoy every moment, and you do your best to take that advice. They tell you hold them close while you can, so [&hellip
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