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.


This is the summer of social skills. I love that my son loves to compete. I believe there’s a value in that kind of determination. I know that it will serve him well as he grows. But competing over every little thing? That’s a different story. He struggles to play any game without thinking in [&hellip
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Have you ever had to stand back, feeling completely helpless, while your child struggled with something very difficult that didn’t result in success? I have. My daughter is a dancer. She’s determined, competitive, graceful, and talented. She works hard — harder than a child her age should be motivated to work, I sometimes think. And [&hellip
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I had a feeling I might hear an argument or two today. My little one is getting some new teeth in, and my older one misses her daddy fiercely. He has to travel a lot this summer and, although we are surrounded by family, nothing compares to him. We are not whole without him, and [&hellip
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Every parent has a tipping point. It might be a certain time of day, like during that ten-minute window of time where you will probably late for school or miss the bus if shoes aren’t on and tied immediately. It might be when you’re trying to cook dinner, clean the dishes, and supervise homework while keeping the toddler entertained. Or maybe it comes on the heels of asking your child to pick up his toys for tenth time that afternoon. Every parent has a tipping point
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Parents say a lot of things to their kids. We chit chat, we ask questions, we make jokes, and we try to sneak in a few life lessons here and there … but we never do know what will stick until it comes back to us at a later date. A few months ago my [&hellip
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“Get me with that big pillow, Mommy!” Out of context, this frequent request from my preschooler might paint the picture of the permissive mommy. You know the kind — the one who doesn’t set limits and lets her children play in an aggressive manner. That wouldn’t be an accurate description of the situation, though. You [&hellip
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I once worked with a little boy who could talk himself out of almost anything. It wasn’t so much that he was full of negative energy, but at age six he was sure that every failed effort at every little thing was indicative of his ability to do that thing, so he didn’t want to [&hellip
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Sleep is one the most discussed issues in parenting, and for good reason. Instilling good sleep habits can feel like a full-time job, and obstacles seem to crop up on a regular basis. Teething and growth spurts can wake little ones, while stress, nightmares, and more growth spurts can impact older children. And getting them [&hellip
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Free Play

It’s that time of year again: While some parents are planning 1970s-inspired summers of long days outside and campouts with friends, others are carefully planning each moment with fun camps and other activities to fill the workdays. And some parents are cruising the racks of their local bookstore in search of the perfect summer-learning workbooks. [&hellip
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Divorce is hard on the whole family. Emotions run high, and change can be difficult at any age. But a marriage that isn’t working isn’t any better for a family, and sometimes, parents need to separate. I’ve worked with kids coping with all kinds of family dynamics, and more often than not, kids being shuffled [&hellip
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