Katie HurleyAuthor

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 Joyful 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. She believes in lattes, family time and the power of play.


My daughter recently shared a conversation she had with a friend. Her friend wanted to know how often my daughter is in “time out” or is “grounded.” She admitted that she was confused by the question, as it’s not a topic that comes up in her peer group often. I asked her how she responded. [&hellip
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You know those days that feel like there will never be enough time to get everything done? You need groceries, the kids are overdue for the dentist and need appointments, you’re behind on work and the day is packed with after-school activities (ok, maybe that’s just my day today) … and you just don’t know [&hellip
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You know that feeling you get when you try and you try, but you still feel like you come up short with your kids? Perhaps you feel like one child takes up more of your time than another, or maybe work pulls you away more than you would like. That feeling gets to of all [&hellip
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From the morning rush to the after school activity rush to the homework and dinnertime rush to the bedtime rush, it seems like a lot of parents, and their kids, spend a lot of time in a rush. And while some people claim to perform better under stress, rushing around can be a dangerous habit for kids.

When you’re in a rush, chances are your adrenaline starts pumping. And while that extra boost might be the very thing that pushes you (and the rest of your family) out the door exactly on time, the crash that follows isn’t good for your mental health (or theirs). It can result in emotional exhaustion, inattention, and even feelings of depression. You might even find that you have a serious headache…

It’s time to take a look at that busy schedule and find a way to slow down. …
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I’m a sensitive person. I was the kind of kid who cried over things that probably seemed minor to others. I was in tune with emotions — both my own and those of the people around me. Words hurt. A lot. I remember retreating to the safety of my bedroom after a harsh comment left [&hellip
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To come to my house for a playdate is to enter into a world of imaginary play. I’m not a plan-the-play kind of mom. I generally like to let the kids figure out what to play on their own. I find that the kids know what they want to do, and they also know when [&hellip
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Motherhood is filled with huge emotions, some positive and some, well, let’s just say some are not so positive. We all know that the years are short, but the days are long, so we soak in the moments and try to stay positive as much as humanly possible. But, man, toddlers know how to push [&hellip
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As a psychotherapist, I’ve had many parents sit on my couch with tears trickling down their cheeks as they uttered the same phrases, “We didn’t know. We were told he would grow out of it.” Waiting and watching took time from them and their children. Although they voiced their concerns in whispers at annual appointments, [&hellip
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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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